Squires Gate FC 2 New Mills 0: Match report

Ryan Riley scores Gate's second  Picture: ALBERT COOPER
Ryan Riley scores Gate's second Picture: ALBERT COOPER
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Gate’s first win in 10 games and first clean sheet in seven got them moving in the right direction again in the Hallmark Security League.

The bottom-three visitors from Derbyshire made the brighter start but didn’t really test Gate keeper Josh Woods and the hosts went on to win this premier division clash with a goal in each half.

New Mills headed over the bar and went even closer on 21 minutes, when Joe Noblet was shrugged off the ball and the resulting shot cannoned back off the bar. After soaking up the pressure, Gate had chances of their own but Noblet’s shot was blocked following Ric Seear’s lay-off on the edge of the box.

It was Ben Seear’s lovely through ball which set up the deadlock-breaker on 37 minutes, Jamie Gibson timing his run to perfection to slide the ball home.

Unlike it recent weeks, Gate succeeded in holding their lead until half-time.

They started the second half much better and doubled their lead after 59 minutes.

Ric Seear had the presence of mind not to chase a through ball, realising he would have been offside, but Ryan Riley used his pace to reach the ball first and calmly slot home.

New Mills had chances to get back into the game as one shot was deflecting round the post by an alert Paul Carroll and another was fired over from the edge of the box on 68 minutes.

A minute later, Ric Seear almost made it three. His shot from a very tight angle curled wide but Gate had done enough to climb to 14th.

MARK ASHMORE

Gate: Woods, Richards, Higham, Carroll, Alexander, Hall, Gibson, Noblet, B.Seear, R.Seear, Riley; subs: Dawson, Buchan, Rossall, Thornber, Bamba.