Well there we was now here we are back at Mickleover yep me n Calvin met at Buckshaw for our revisit to the Raygar Stadium.For this Replay well technically its not a replay but you know what i mean. I have too say at this point that im constantly reminded how good non league clubs are its something that sticks with me and one of the reasons i do my Groundhopping. Because on the afternoon of the game Armiie Paul Armstrong Asst Manager New Mills offered us a lift on the Team Bus to Mickleover ive only met him twice but how goods that, im only sorry that we had other arrangements and had to decline his offer.We had a great journey down and didnt really hit any traffic at the blackspots Calvin had highlighted ( Rush Hour M6 Stoke/Derby ) we arrived approx five past seven in good time paid in and headed for the Tea Bar cos we was starving we managed to obtain two cups of Minestrone yep Ministrone and not the watery stuff either propper thick ( No Bovril at the Raygar : ) and a £ 1 each aswell you wouldnt get that pitchside in the PL although for a Fiver youd probably get it corporate pre match starter lol. The only downside was the double chicken burger deal was off menu today but we made do with cheese burgerd instead.We had a mooch and found Armie in the clubhose had a chat and spotted Mickleovers press officer whos name escapes me (apoligies ) the gate for Saturday was 204 he informed us , We noticed on kick off that this evenings gate was considerably less and also apart from the front page the matchday programme was the same but hey Saturdays is a collectors item if you add the Fa Cup run we,d waited 16 ties for a replay and surpassed that with an abandonement .(Stick that up your Giant Killing Adventure ) . The officals were the same and Miss Rashid got us underway and as in the first game New Mills set about getting at Mickleover from the off they certainly had no fear and were full of confidence from their showibg in the aborted tie.Ahmadi the New Mils dangerman was very lively throughout the first half aided by the fit again Dougie Pringle. we have too say apart from a couple of chances to the home side it was all New Mills Calvin commenting Mickleover looked out of sorts. Pringle and Ahmadi got in a tangle and Ahmadi shot narrowly wide of the post on the 35 minute from a throw in the ball fell to Hopper (no not me lol ) Ryan the hardworking New Mills Midfielder who fired in a shot which the keeper touched has it flew in to the net ,it was no more than New Mills deserved.Mickleovers Nico De Giralomo scored the equaliser on the stroke of half time and there seemed to be some infringement we couldnt see properly from our position with players being in the way but the New Mills fans at half time said the ball was headed out of their keepers hands in fact i remember Miss Rashid remonstrating with Danny Caldecott that his keeper didnt have full control of the ball and the goal stood. Ht Micleover 1 New Mills 1.The second half was much tighter and we commented New Mills looked good for a draw which would allow Cal to visit New Mills and give us a unique set of 3 games to settle 1 tie. it wasnt to be however as on 52 mins Jordan Ball tapped in to an open goal after neat work down the left.Ashley the New Mills keeper pulled of a fine save from a free kick 4 mins later to keep his side in it. And the 88th minute Shaquille Clarke had a stinging shot saved and from the resulting corner Pringle impeded his own number 6 and the chance came to nothing. New Mills threw every body forward to salvage a draw and got caught out Mickleover raced forward and Dales provided a simple tap in to make it 3 – 1 to Mickleover slightly flattering i may add. I said farewell to Calvin and decided to take Armie up on a lift back with New Mills as itd of been a bit of a push getting back to Manc with Cal.I seem to remember Mostonian the coach company provided travel for Oldham Athletic at one time and id actually travelled on one of their coaches in 1987 when City got promoted at Bradford City so a bit of Nostalgia. Pauls Generosity didnt end there he gave me a lift in his car back too Failsworth and invited us to a New Mills game in the future which i think Calvin will be eager to do.So onwards and Upwards to North Ferriby as the Jinx is on the Micleover bandwaggon i know whos money Garry Marsdens on .
Mickleover Sports 3 v New Mills 1 Fa Trophy 2nd Qual ( Do it Again ) Att 88