Clay Cross Town’s poor form in the Derbyshire Senior Cup continued with a first round defeat to Hallmark Cheshire League side Gamesley FC.
This was the tightest of games with a constant competitive edge which saw both sides having periods of convincing possession.
Though, after a tantalising cup tie, it was the visitors who proceeded though to round two and inflicted a first defeat on the Millers since August.
Both sides were bright in the opening exchanges with Clay Cross’ Ant Lynam keen to extend his recent goalscoring spree at Mill Lane.
The Millers were denied what looked like a stonewall penalty, with the referee awarding a free-kick when the foul appeared to take place in the box. Luke Hollis deflected the resulting free-kick on to the foot of the post - the closest the hosts came to an opener.
Ben Townsend, in Clay Cross’ goal, pulled off a string of fine saves to keep it all square at the break, whilst opposition keeper Adam Clancy was also tested.
Clay Cross came out from the interval with a new purpose and in the opening stages were the team in the ascendency with a clear desire to strike first.
Gamesley FC took the lead, somewhat against the run of play, in the 67th minute from the tightest of angles. Carl Whitford brought the best out of Clancy before the visitors doubled their advantage.
The home side could have collapsed but they rose to the challenge with Ben Meadley going close before Ryan Bookers pulled one back.
Clay Cross were looking to force the game into extra-time but suffered a final blow when Gamesley got a third to seal their spot in the second round.
Table toppingMillers travel to Ollerton Town on Saturday in a return to league action.