MATTHEW Rigby’s goal was decisive when Barnton edged New Mills to end a four-match sequence without a victory on Saturday.

His was an emphatic finish, taken first-time to leave goalkeeper Stuart Morrison with no chance of making a save, in the moments after half-time.

The Millers went closest to an equaliser when Niall Ford cleared off the line but the Villagers finished the game looking more likely to score again.

Ryan Wan’s goal-bound effort was blocked at the other end before Barnton’s man-of-the-match called Morrison into action with a strike from distance.

Barnton protected their lead for the remainder, completing a double over the Derbyshire side.

The home team, shorn of in-form Leon Wright who was part of Radcliffe’s squad for a Northern Premier League fixture at Market Drayton Town, had toiled during the opening period.

New Mills created the best chance, but Anthony Molloy reacted quickly to divert Joe Rothwell’s shot to safety after the attacker dribbled around custodian Arran Lyons.

Lee Guirado almost broke the deadlock at the other end but Morrison got a hand on the ball.

A victory means Barnton remain in 12th position ahead of a trip to struggling Stone Dominoes on Tuesday, kick-off 7.45pm.

Barnton | Lyons (GK), Derek McShane, Dursley, Worsley, Molloy (Richards 82), Ford, Weeder (Wilson-Jones 59), Houghton, Guirado, Wan, Matthew Rigby (Malone 89) Subs not used Wrench, Kenyon Goal Matthew Rigby 50

Attendance 96