Squires Gate exited the Macron Cup at the first chance on Saturday, beaten 1-0 by New Mills.
Gate made several changes from last Saturday’s game when they were disappointing, losing 6-1 to Maine Road.
Gate started the game by giving away a foul from kick off; luckily the striker fired wide.
Ben Seear jinked his way down the left-hand side and into the box but took a touch too many as Gate got into the game after five minutes.
He then turned provider on nine minutes. A great cross found his brother Ric, but he could only head into the keeper’s knees.
As the first half went on, neither side really looked to commit too many men forward a result of that meant the game became flat.
Gate had a couple of half chances through a Ben Seear header that fell wide before Danny Penswick found Seear out on the wing but nobody could meet his cross.
New Mills made the better start to the second half and took the lead after 50 minutes as a lovely free-kick from the edge of the box beat Fletcher to his right hand side.
New Mills could have been 2-0 up a minute later but hit the post before the keeper prevented them from doubling their lead.
Gate introduced Ryan Riley and Mark Buchan but neither striker could really have the desired effect.
Buchan did fire in a superb cross for Ric Seear but the New Mills defender did well to clear the ball first.
That’s how the game would end for Gate who have to recover quickly as they visit West Didsbury & Chorlton on Tuesday night.