Glossop North End 1 Curzon Ashton 5
As the new season approaches, manager Paul Colgan and his Glossop North End team had a chance to prove themselves against Curzon Ashton in their first competitive pre-season friendly.
However, the Hillmen got off to a bad start after conceding a goal in the fourth minute. Goalkeeper Matthew Ince’s clearance was blocked by a Curzon forward and a simple tap in followed.
North End were not disheartened however and immediately went on the offensive. An Adam Oakes free-kick was deflected back off the post by the Curzon goalkeeper and Sam Hind was on hand to level the scores with a simple finish.
Glossop played their best football after finding the equaliser and came close to taking the lead when Alex Elliot was played in by Oakes. Elliot lacked the composure needed and his effort found the side netting.
Another mistake from keeper Ince, who gave away a free-kick for handling the ball outside the area, led to the second for Curzon as the resulting free-kick was lashed in at the near post.
Things went from bad to worse for Glossop goalkeeper Ince as a corner was whipped in and Ince spilt the ball into his own net to give the visitors a two goal advantage going into the interval.
The North End fans had a lot to ponder while sitting in the newly built clubhouse during the break. The Hillmen take on local rivals New Mills on Tuesday in the High Peak Cup and improvement are essential if the Hillmen want to triumph over the Millers.
The players emerged from their new dressing rooms after the break and Glossop were looking to improve on a disappointing first half.
There was a change of keeper for the Hillmen in the second half which saw the introduction of Joe Boyle. Boyle however couldn’t prevent Curzon increasing their lead courtesy of Lee Blackshaw weaving through the Glossop defence and slotting past a helpless Boyle.
What followed was a training session for the Curzon team who dominated possession and were the only team threatening to score. Curzon did increase their lead minutes later when Blackshaw set up Matthew Kay who rifled the ball in, off the underside of the bar.
There were positives for Glossop however, as substitute goalkeeper Boyle prevented the score from becoming embarrassing for the Hillmen. Boyle produced a superb double save, firstly from Sam Walker’s powerful free-kick and then from Chris McDonagh’s effort from the rebound.
Paul Colgan and his North End team will certainly be looking to improve for Tuesday’s cup tie against the Millers and for the upcoming season.
Sam Hind of Glossop North End is congratulated by Jason Gorton and Artjoms Butorins after scoring against Curzon Ashton to make it 1-1.
Photo - GNE/Jim Lockwood