Corby Town went down 2-1 at AFC Totton as an uncertain week ended in defeat.
There was good news for the Steelmen as Sam Ives and Tom McGowan, who both chose not to play in Wednesday’s 3-0 home defeat to Poole Town due to unpaid wages, returned to the starting line-up. But Gareth Jelleyman and Chris Carruthers were still missing.
Connor Kennedy and Theo Brown were both included again while Ben Kaguamba and Michalis Ioannides, who are both part of the Football CV set up, were named on the substitutes’ bench.
The Steelmen made a slow start and found themselves inside eight minutes when Zac Mouland side-footed home after Corby had failed to clear their lines,
Mills forced home goalkeeper Steve Mowthorpe into a good save with his feet but the forward wasn’t to be denied as he grabbed the equaliser just past the half-hour.
Mills took advantage of some hesitation in the home defence and slotted the ball home.
But the Steelmen’s joy was shortlived as, almost immediately, joint-manager Tommy Wright fouled a home forward in the area and Harrison Gilkes stepped up to beat Paul Walker from the penalty spot.
Gilkes went close after the break when Walker was forced to parry his shot away while Ives brought a low save out of Mowthorpe at the other end.
Mowthorpe also punched a Mills corner off the line as Corby hunted for an equaliser but it never arrive and the hosts went close again before the end when Luke Roberts headed over.
AFC Totton: Mowthorpe, Hibberd, Bridge, Lindsay, Flooks, Gilbert, Mouland, Sherborne, Hurst, Roberts, Gilkes. Subs: Edwards, Jennings, Moth, Onoufriou, Prodomo
Steelmen: Walker, Kennedy, Brown, Wright, Thomas, McGowan, May, Taylor, Mills, Ives, Njie. Subs: Mafini, Carpenter, Kaguamba, Ioannides, Wilson.
Goals: Mouland (8 mins, 1-0), Mills (33 mins, 1-1), Gilkes pen (35 mins, 2-1).