Billingham Town 2 Glossop North End 4
The Hillmen will be in the draw for the 3rd round of the FA Vase after overcoming Billingham 4-2 in an exhilarating game at the Bedford Terrace Ground on Saturday.
Glossop were considered underdogs for the game but emerged victorious courtesy of first-half goals from Sam Hind and Darren Hamilton, and two late goals, one each from Alex Elliot and Daley Rothwell, gave North End a well-deserved victory.
The away side began spritely dominating possession early in the match and looking the more threatening of the two teams from the start.
An army of over 100 travelling supporters for Glossop were in good voice for the game and were rewarded on 17 minutes when Sam Hind opened the scoring. The in-form Striker latched onto a ball sent over the top of the Billingham defence by Lee McGregor. Hind rounded the goal-keeper and side-footed home from a tight angle.
The supporters were sent into pandemonium once again only five minutes later when Hamilton glanced home a Steve Heaton corner which sparked songs of ‘Hammy for England’ from the stands as the supporters were rubbing their eyes in amazement after a brilliant start from their side.
Billingham will have been disappointed with their performance in the opening 45 minutes and came out after the interval a different side, immediately challenging a previously unused Ashley Frith to make two saves in quick succession.
The home side were now on top and it was only a matter of time before they pulled one back. Kelvin Lugsden struggled to clear the ball from a corner and his clearance ricocheted against Jamie Owens into the net, giving the home fans the goal they craved.
Glossop looked stunned and struggled to regain their composure, which led to them conceding the equaliser not long after Billingham’s first. Michael Dunwell let the ball run across his body and half-volleyed past a stunned Frith in the Glossop goal.
The game was on a knife edge and possibly turned in North End’s favour when substitute Rothwell was lucky to avoid dismissal when his rash, two-footed tackle on the half way line resulted in a yellow card.
The winner from Elliot came with 5 minutes to play when Hamilton’s cross from out wide was diverted goalwards by Elliot and deflected off a Billingham defender before finding the back of the net. The goal sparked wild scenes amongst the Glossop fans and management alike.
Victory was assured by substitute Rothwell in the 93rd minute. Billingham had committed men forward looking for a late equaliser and Tom Streets broke with the ball and crossed to Rothwell who had a simple tap in to confirm Glossop’s place in Monday’s third round draw.
The Hillmen will now be looking to take confidence from the victory into their next game when they take on Ramsbottom United at Surrey Street in the league on Saturday.
GOAL : Sam Hind of Glossop North End scores the opening goal of the game from a tight angle. Photo - GNE/Jim Lockwood
Steve Heaton, Adam Oakes and Sam Hind celebrate with Alex Elliott of Glossop North End in front of the GNE fans after scoring to make it 3-2.
Photo - GNE/Jim Lockwood