Nelson 0 New Mills 5
Report of match 28th April 2010
Reporter Gary Broughton
Nelson were simply swept away by a rampant Millers side at Victoria Park on Wednesday night.
The visitors, desperately unlucky not to be promoted to the Unibond League last season after amassing 104 points, sealed a second successive runners-up spot in the Premier Division with an exhilarating display at Victoria Park.
Nelson actually created the first chance of the game on five minutes, as a dazzling run down the right by young full back Thomas Doyle saw him cut into the area, only to see his near post shot blocked at the expense of a corner. In truth, it was as close as the Blues were to come in the whole match.
Five minutes later the Millers signalled their intentions when Mark Innes played Liam Turner through, keeper Chris Thompson coming to Nelson's rescue with an excellent block. From the resulting corner Peter Band headed narrowly over from close range.
David Swarbrick, who had an absolutely outstanding first half, teed up Carlos Meakin five minutes later after a rampaging right wing run, but the Millers captain headed wide.
Two minutes later they grabbed the opening goal though, as Swarbrick collected a ball on the left edge of the area and cut inside before unleashing a bullet into the top left hand corner.
Ten minutes later and it was two when a pull back across the goal from the right was completely missed by Meakin, but side-footed home by Josh Ford lurking behind him. And it was almost three a minute later when Swarbrick provided a similar lay-off to Ford, who saw his fierce shot beaten away by Thompson.
The Nelson woodwork prevented a third eight minutes before half-time. Swarbrick was again the provider down the right, and his ball inside was met by Turner, whose shot cannoned back off the crossbar.
Any hopes of a Nelson comeback were dashed within five minutes of the resumption, as the Millers doubled their half-time advantage.
Early pressure forced a corner, and Meakin thumped home a near post header. Three minutes later Ford fed Swarbrick on the right edge of the area, and after a neat shimmy to create space, he rifled home the visitors fourth.
It was very nearly five soon after. First Swarbrick's ball into the area found Ford, who forced a smart low save from Thompson, and in the next attack it was Ford again, who was this time denied by the left hand upright.
Nelson enjoyed a spell in the Millers half around the hour mark, but a couple of teasing free-kicks were fisted away well by keeper Gareth Jones.
With 20 minutes to go David Swarbrick almost grabbed his hat-trick, but saw his shot from the edge of the area deflected to take it narrowly over the bar.
Two minutes later the Millers grabbed their fifth and final goal. A cross from the left made it's way right across goal. Michael Bowler fired the ball back into the area, and the helpless Thomas Doyle could only divert the ball firmly into the goal.
Turner had one final chance for the visitors with ten minutes remaining, but the woodwork saved Nelson for a third time as his shot into the ground bounced up onto the crossbar and away to safety.
The Blues will be hoping for a less daunting task this coming Saturday afternoon as they travel to Alsager Town.