The first ever meeting between West and New Mills saw West leave the high peak with all three points securing a 4-1 win thanks to goals from Matty Kay, Mark Rogers and an Ash Woods brace. West made four changes from the weekends FA Cup exit as Ben Steer, Lee Gavin, Hayden Buckley-Smith and Jonny Poizer returned to the starting line-up.
New Mills created the game’s first chance as Ben Halfacre headed into Hayden Buckley-Smith’s hands when unmarked from a corner after just two minutes. Four minutes later West were ahead as Matty Kay curled a deep free kick from the right hand side and Ash Woods was on hand to head home back across the helpless New Mills goalkeeper.
On 11 minutes West doubled their lead as a terrific cross field pass released Ben Steer who outpaced his marker, burst into the box and played the ball inside to Ash Woods who slotted past Oliver Martin into the bottom right hand corner.
A minute later it was almost three as another cross field pass found Woods on the left; he reached the touchline pulling back his cross to Poizer who was only denied a certain goal by a superb challenge at the edge of the area. Moments later Ash Woods clipped the top of the crossbar with a header from a Steer throw in. West dominance continued as Steer curled an effort just wide after he was found on the right with another superb cross field pass. On 22 minutes Woods latched onto a header he won himself, drove into the area and forced a good save from Martin at the near post.
On 32 minutes the New Mills goalkeeper was called into action again as he was forced into a save from Joe Shaw’s header from another excellent Matty Kay set piece. West made it 3-0 five minutes before half time when Mark Rogers, making his 100th appearance for West, reacted quickest to Steer’s throw heading into the corner at the near post. It could have got better for West on the stroke of half time as Woods cross from the left found Gavin at the far post but he volleyed over.
New Mills went in search of a way back into the game early in the second half and almost found one four minutes in as Ryan Hibbert went through one-on-one but, thinking he was offside, curled his shot over only to discover the flag had stayed down. Three minutes later they went close again from a cross but the header was well wide.
However West remained dangerous on the attack as Woods headed just wide from another Kay free kick across the goal on 53 minutes. A minute later another superb attacking move saw Steer play in Woods but he was denied from a tight angle by a super block. The fourth goal arrived three minutes later as Kay found Woods with a pass at the edge of the area; the West forwards first touch turned his marker, he burst into the box only to see his shot saved by the Martin but the goalkeeper could only parry into the path of Kay who drilled home for his fourth goal of the season.
West rang the changes as Paul Socha, Rick Gleave and Ben Woods replaced Rogers, Gavin and Steer. The enforced changes disrupted West’s rhythm as Buckley-Smith was called into action as he saved a hard shot from the left wing. Four minutes later Anthony Potts denied the Millers as his block deflected a goal bound effort over the bar after the home side had gone through on goal. New Mills pulled a goal back with 16 minutes remaining as they won a corner; the initial delivery was headed clear but only as far as the taker and the second delivery found Hibbert who turned the ball home from close range.
West weren’t finished however as Ben Woods did well to cut inside from the wing and dragged a low shot just wide. A superb through ball from Gleave put Ben Woods through one-on-one but he was undone by a bobble and shanked his cross wide. Buckley-Smith was called into action a final time with a minute remaining as New Mills broke the offside trap and the West goalkeeper denied a certain goal blocking the shot at the edge of the area.
West weren’t to be denied as they secured three points in their first ever meeting against New Mills and were deservedly clapped off the field by the travelling West support.