After the fine win against Abbey Hey on Saturday, Eccleshall travelled to Derbyshire in good heart for the Bank Holiday match against New Mills. With Tom Wakefield and Jake Langdridge unavailable, Louis Downs and Callum Thomas moved into the starting line up and Miles Johnson returned on the bench after suspension.
New Mills had an early chance when a ball into the box was palmed away by Eagles 'keeper Louis McCarthy. on 13 minutes, Eccleshall had a great chance to take the lead when Louis Downs ran through and squared the ball to Matt Kimmins but he scuffed his shot wide when it seemed easier to score. Moments later, Downs was through one on one with the Millers 'keeper Alexander Fowell but slightly overtouched the ball allowing the keeper to come out and collect. The home side then threatened when Nathan Webb ran through before firing in a stinging shot which McCarthy gathered at the second attempt. Eccleshall were now coming more into the game and took the lead on 30 minutes when a long clearance by McCarthy led to Ryan Baxter tussling with a defender before laying the ball to Downs who netted. Two more Eagles moves led to Baxter having a shot well saved by Fowell and then Joe Griffiths headed over the bar from a corner. This was followed by two attempts by New Mills to get back in the game. McCarthy collected a header by Georgi Whyment and Chris Carroll fired a free kick over the bar. On 44 minutes, Eagles took a two goal lead before the interval. A corner by Downs was headed into the net by Baxter via the crossbar - a welcome goal before the interval.
HT: New Mills 0 Eccleshall 2
With the second half under way, Baxter brought a good save from Fowell. Eccleshall continued to push forward and, on 55 minutes, had a great chance to get a third when Kimmins headed back and a diving Downs header hit the post and clear. Then a Callum Feeney corner was flicked towards goal by Downs and Fowell made a good save. Webb then had a deflected effort over the bar before Eagles scored their third of the game. Downs won the ball and, moving forward, chipped the ball over the advancing Fowell to find the net - a superb goal. New Mills almost pulled one back immediately when a thundering Taylor Maguire free kick hit the bar with McCarthy beaten. Baxter then found Downs, who volleyed over. Maguire then had another shot from distance which beat McCarthy but hit the post and clear. Another cross by Feeney led to a goalbound header by Tomlin, bringing another Fowell save. Elhadji Thiaw advanced on goal but his weak shot was easily collected by McCarthy. Feeney then brought another good save from Fowell and he managed to block the follow up from Baxter. With time approaching, New Mills were hoping to get a consolation goal and Stefano Idugbor ran through on goal forcing a save from McCarthy.
Eagles were good value for their third win on the bounce, which had seen them score 16 goals and concede only one. In truth, but for the outstanding performance by New Mills 'keeper Fowell, Eccleshall could have had five or six on the day, the stopper fully justifying his man of the match nomination.
Eagles: McCarthy, Collins, Dunn, Benton (Dunne), Thomas (Johnson), Griffiths, Baxter, Feeney, Downs, Finney, Kimmins (Tomlin).
Unused subs: Pearson
FT: New Mills 0 Eccleshall 3