|30th November - Match Report by Jonathan Haggart|
Glossop North End 2 AFC Liverpool 1
As Glossop prepared to turn on its Christmas lights, North End served up a finish that left their supporters glowing as they headed down to the town centre to watch the big switch flicked, a 95th minute winner topping off a rousing second half at Surrey Street.
With the visitors flying high in the league’s top four, Chris Willcock’s players needed no extra motivation and created an early chance when Dave Young’s header from a corner was pushed over by Liverpool keeper Dean Pye.
However, there was a body blow in the 12th minute when the defence switched off as a free kick from the right was seemingly over-hit. However, Cox was alive and sneaked in behind the back line to cut the ball across goal and Ronnie Morgan turned it home from 6 yards.
For 25 minutes AFC seemed stronger. They started by putting in committed tackles early, almost testing the referee’s tolerance to a strong challenge, and finding that, initially at least, his gauge was high, they were winning more balls than the Hillmen, who were relying on their quick movement. There was a penalty claim when Young put in an angry tackle, furious that a free kick had not been given, but he got just enough of the ball to keep the referee happy.
However, on 27 minutes North End came so close to levelling when Bailey’s shot from a tight angle hit the bar, and Hare’s follow up was magnificently saved by Pye, diving full length to his right.
As the game wore on the visitor’s attacking threat diminished, and a bright start to the second half by the Hillmen set a pattern of possession and probing, seeing if they would be able to break down stout defence. Byrne had a snapshot early on, but it flew over the bar.
However in the 53rd minute they were gifted a gilt edged chance when Byrne got behind the defence and was one-on-one with the keeper. He had support, and tried to square the ball to give Bailey a tap in, but fluffed his pass, only for Pye to collide into him and bring him down, unable to stop his momentum as he rushed from his line. A penalty was given and Sam Hare despatched it to draw Glossop level.
Pressure continued and Bailey had shots deflected over and saved at the near post. Russell had a long shot saved and Byrne an effort deflected wide. Then Liverpool had their only chance of the half, breaking from a North End corner quickly, but Andrew Jones was smartly off his line to snuff out the opening.
With 8 minutes to go all hell broke loose. Kilheeney thought he was fouled, and in frustration Paul Smith but in a late tackle that was a clear a yellow card as you will ever see. However, AFC’s Ronnie Morgan took over the top exception to the foul and reacted violently towards the North End man sparking a 21 man fracas by the side-line that took many minutes to sort out. Once the referee had consulted with both his linesman, Smith got his yellow card and Morgan was shown a red.
AFC took the decision badly. Whilst one member of the side’s board of directors took it upon himself to attempt to withdraw his team from the pitch altogether, an instruction thankfully ignored, Buckley’s forearm smash on Sam Madeley could not be overlooked, and the referee had no option but to reduce AFC to 9 men.
From there Glossop had 3 minutes plus injury time to win the game, and pressed hard. Bailey swivelled a shot over the bar and Byrne header was pushed over as the team forced corners and sent on attacking substitutes to pinch the win.
It finally came in in the 95th minute when a ball over the top caught the defence flat footed and Sam Madeley was in a race to the ball with Pye. He won, looping the ball over the keeper, and latching onto his own lob in the 6 yard area to tap home. Like all late winners it sparked scenes of great celebration, the entire match-day squad piling onto the goal scorer.
It was an important goal. That’s 4 league wins on the trot for the Hillmen now and with none of the top 5 winning, their interest in what is going on above them as they sit 8th had at least been awoken again. Certainly the pre-season aim of top 5 seems very much on.
Team: Jones, Byrne, Russell, Lugsden, Young, Smith (Hirst), Allen (Riley), Kilheeney, Bailey, Hare, Madeley (Adams)
Sam Madeley lifts the ball over the AFC Liverpool goalkeeper to score in the 95th minute. Photo - Steve Dyson
|26th November - Match Report by Stewart Taylor|
Glossop North End 0 Trafford 1
In most sports it is of interest for a team to take on opposition who regularly play at a higher level. In football, cup competitions often provide this opportunity and it was in this context that Glossop North End met Trafford in the Manchester Premier Cup. Whilst the result shows that the Hillmen lost the match, they more than matched their opponents from two levels higher in the football pyramid and will take great encouragement from their performance into the League programme to come.
The home side started brightly but could only create half chances against a strong, well organised Trafford side. The breakthrough came somewhat against the run of play on 15 minutes as slick passing by the Trafford midfield delivered the ball to Andy Smart in space just outside the area. His well struck shot was touched by Andrew Jones in the GNE goal but had sufficient power to find the corner of the net. GNE hit back immediately and Trafford had 17 year old Manchester United Academy goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara to thank for maintaining their lead as he made no less than four fine saves from goalbound shots in the space of the next 20 minutes. He started with an acrobatic save from an effort by Tom Bailey. Lee Morris put in a fine shot from the angle of the box which was well saved. A slide-rule pass by Nick Allen put Bailey through but O’Hara was equal to the task and then, yet again, Bailey was thwarted by O’Hara with Sam Madeley unable to convert the rebound from a tight angle.
In between all of this action, Trafford were working hard to create chances of their own. Captain Martyn Andrews went close with an effort which was parried by Jones, the goalkeeper being quick enough to recover his position to smother the follow up effort by Andrews. The last incident of an eventful and free flowing half came as Trafford centre half Nia Bayunu saw his close range effort hit the underside of the crossbar; the ball being cleared to safety by the home defence.
The second half started with little of the free flowing, progressive football which had distinguished the first half. The match became scrappy, often interrupted by free kicks, and lacking in incident until half way through the period as the match briefly came back to life. On 67 minutes a fine ball from midfield by Bailey found substitute Paul Cliff clear on goal. Cliff seemed to be caught in two minds as a square ball was on to an unmarked colleague as he bore down on O’Hara. In the end, indecision won the day and the chance was gone. Just a minute later saw a fine cross from the left by Sam Madeley find Bailey in the area with space but, not for the first time, O’Hara made a fine save from another goalbound shot.
The match entered the last 10 minutes with Trafford applying pressure on the GNE goal but the home defence held firm. Into added time and the Hillmen pushed everything forward, including goalkeeper Jones, in an attempt to force an equaliser and it nearly worked as a header by Lincoln Adams was narrowly over the crossbar. That was the last chance of the match and the visitors took the win and move forward to the semi-finals.
GNE can look back on an excellent performance in a match which, at least for the first half, provided excellent entertainment for the mid-week crowd.
GNE Team Jones, Byrne, Russell, Lugsden, Adams, Allen, Morris (Cliff), Hirst C (Riley), Bailey, Hare, Madeley
A Tom Bailey shot is saved by the Trafford goalkeeper. Photo - Steve Dyson
|23rd November - Match Report by Stewart Taylor|
Silsden 0 Glossop North End 1
The Hillmen travelled through glorious Yorkshire countryside on Saturday for a League match at Silsden and returned with all three points from a match which they dominated for long periods.
A cold, bright but still day welcomed the players onto the pitch with GNE giving debuts to Andrew Jones, a recent signing from Winsford United, in goal and central midfielder Paul Smith who has played all season at neighbours Abbey Hey. The Cobbydalers lined up with a fair few unfamiliar faces in a side which has been much changed since the last time the Hillmen were the visitors.
GNE started brightly with much of the play coming down the left hand side with Matty Russell and Lee Blackshaw combining well. But attempts on goal were limited as efforts faded to nothing or were stopped by the excellent work of home captain James Gill in central defence. The Cobbydalers were restricted to sporadic forward movements involving high balls up to the almost impossibly tall centre forward Mikey Hall but his flicked headers came to nothing.
Only one significant goal attempt was registered by each side in a first half dominated in terms of both possession and field position by the visitors. On 38 minutes a shot by Andy Kilheeney forced goalkeeper Ed Hall into his first significant action of the match and then into added time a cross from the right was met by the head of Mikey Hall but his effort from close range was straight at Jones who saved comfortably.
The second half started with the sides hardly getting out of the midfield area. Andrew Hill for the Cobbydalers was bringing a little more control to the home midfield but it was the visitors who took the lead on 54 minutes. The ball found its way to Sam Madeley just outside the area and his fine shot dipped wickedly over the head of Ed Hall to find the net and bring just reward for the Hillmen’s efforts.
The tone of the match continued through the second half with GNE again dominating both possession and position but with nothing to show on the scoreboard. As the game entered the last five minutes it sparked into life with three good chances falling to Glossop forwards. Firstly, substitute Paul Cliff found himself one on one with the goalkeeper. A ball square to an unmarked Tom Bailey was on but Cliff took on the shot himself and the ball cannoned of Hall to safety. A minute later and Hall was called into action again saving well from a Lee Blackshaw shot. Almost immediately Tom Bailey was put through by a precision pass from Nick Allen but Hall was well positioned and saved well.
Overall, a good performance by GNE having dominated the match but a couple more goals would have made the match much more comfortable and would have been fully justified on the 90 minutes of play. Having said that, a clean sheet is always a positive. As for the debutants, Jones will certainly have busier matches in which to show his capabilities whilst Smith looked calm and assured in central midfield showing a good positional sense and the ability to play the simple pass – most encouraging.
GNE Team Jones, Young, Russell, Lugsden, Adams, Smith, Allen, Kilheeney, Bailey (Hirst C.), Madeley (Cliff), Blackshaw
|16th November - Match Report by Jonathan Haggart|
Staveley Miners Welfare 2 Glossop North End 0
Staveley scored early and late to end North End’s dreams of a Wembley return for another year. In between the Hillmen had a lot of possession but failed to add the necessary quality to create a hatful of chances or convert the ones they did.
The game had got off to a low key start but in the 2nd minute the ball dropped to Josh Scully outside the area and he tried a speculative shot that Dean Williams appeared to be untroubled about…until it sailed over his head into the top corner. The ball moved in the air and deceived the Glossop keeper.
The rest of the half was largely chanceless as both defences stood firm. Sam Madeley had a shot blocked by a sliding body as he tried to capitalise on a Goalkeeper’s fumble and Russell drove a cross across the face of goal that was just desperate for a touch from a striker. However largely the game become dominated by niggles between the two team, with the referee flashing yellow in a vain attempt to wrestle control of the game. Only the half time whistle was effective in ending the discord.
The second half started positively as North End set about the task in hand. Blackshaw cut inside and shot wide, although the Hillmen were given a reminder to be vigilant when Thorpe streaked down the left from his own half into the penalty area and Williams was forced to save his drive under the bar.
Sam Hare had a volley tipped over the bar and from the corner Dave Young’s header was blocked on the line as North End pressure increased. Young repeated the trick from another corner and again the header was stopped on the line.
Chris Willcock made a number of substitutions, removing defenders and bringing on attacking players. Chris Hirst, Nathan Neequaye and Paul Cliff all came on with Martin Parker, Matt Russell and Kelvin Lugsden making way. At times, North End were playing with two at the back.
A chance came as Neequaye latched onto a Tom Bailey pass in the area, but the keeper was quick off his line to save. At the other end Kilheeney had to make a last ditch slide to block Thorpe’s shot as the home side threatened on the break.
Minutes were ticking away. With just three left Young won a header from another corner but bulleted it over the bar. The best chance fell to Cliff, unmarked 6 yards out when found by Bailey’s cross, but he headed wide.
Glossop were leaving themselves increasingly exposed, and Staveley nearly added a second in injury time when Young miraculously cleared off the line twice with desperate defending but there was to be no reprieve as they tried to push forward again. Losing possession cheaply the home side were back at them and although Williams saved the first attempt at goal he couldn’t stop Whittaker’s shot hitting the back of the net. Game over.
Team: Williams, Byrne, Russell (Neequaye), Lugsden (Cliff), Young, Parker (Hirst), Madeley, Kilheeney, Bailey, Hare, Blackshaw
Another chance is missed as Glossop search for the equaliser. Photo - Steve Dyson
|12th November - Match Report by Jonathan Haggart|
Glossop North End 2 Whaley Bridge Athletic 1
The pattern of this game was set very early on. Glossop dominated possession of the ball, but struggled to create clear cut chances against stoic defending from the Whaley Bridge defence, and when they did they found goalkeeper James Tattersall in top form. The game was largely dour and needed a spark. Fortunately Alex Byrne was able to come off the bench and provide it.
The rested right back set up one and scored the winner deep into the added on minutes as the prospect of and extra 30 minutes loomed. All but the Whaley Bridge contingent were grateful for his intervention.
The first team squad was used in full as Byrne, Tom Bailey, Sam Madeley and Alex Byrne were all on the bench and Kelvin Lugsden & Matt Russell left out altogether. It gave Chris Willcock a chance to give a run out to a few players coming back from injury and others who had not had regular starts of late.
The first half was a dour affair, brightened only by Tattersall’s tip over the bar from Andy Kilheeney’s drive from the edge of the area, Nathan Neequaye forcing another save with a placed shot that Tattersall pushed wide and Chris Hirst’s shot from Kyle Riley’s lay off that too was saved.
The second half was brighter, and within a minute Riley’s header from a corner was saved, and minutes later Whaley had their first real chance when Dean Williams had to be quick off his line to block Dwolitka’s shot.
The breakthrough came in the 57th minute when Byrne, on for Kilheeney, beat two men on the right side to get to the by-line and advance into the area. His low cross eluded all in front of goal but found Neequaye at the back post, and the striker had time to control and finish.
Inexplicably, rather than kick on, North End switched off, seemingly thinking that that was job done, and it allowed the visitors to build up their first head of steam. After a spell of pressure they got the leveller as the ball was cross from the right and fell to Dwolitka, 10 yards out, and he finished into the corner.
Glossop struggled to get going again, and extra time looked certain when in the 6th minute of injury time the ball was played behind the left full back for Byrne to latch onto. Crucially, Tattersall initially thought he could reach it and left his line. He changed his mind too late as Byrne spotted him and lobbed it over his head. There was an anxious wait to see where the ball would bounce, cheers of relief greeting it as it crossed the line. North End’s reward is a home tie with Matlock Town in early December.
Team: Williams, Allen, Blackshaw, Young, Adams, Parker, Ellison (Hare), Kilheeney (Byrne), Riley, Neequaye, Hirst
Nathan Neequaye opens the scoring for Glossop. Photo - Steve Dyson
|9th November - Match Report by Jonathan Haggart|
Wigan Robin Park 0 Glossop North End 3
A six minute second half salvo saw Glossop run out comfortable winners at the Robin Park Arena on Saturday, taking Chris Willcock’s team into the league’s top ten. A goal from Tom Bailey and two from his new strike partner Sam Madeley was enough to win, and it could have been more.
Early on the teams exchanged good chances with Andy Kilheeney forcing Lever into a good save to his right, but at the other end Edgar forced a spectacular diving save from Dean Williams with a drive from the edge of the box when a clearance fell nicely into his path. The difference is, that was to be Williams’ last save of note – Lever would be busier.
The first half was played in bizarre conditions, with either blue skies and sun or hailstones and driving rain, and very little in between. It was difficult for both teams, and there were plenty of slips on a greasy surface.
Martin Parker headed just wide whilst Bailey forced Lever to save at his near post and then couldn’t control a bouncing ball and mis-kicked. Madeley had the ball in the net, only to be dragged back for offside. The half was regularly punctuated by the referee’s whistle, as for a spell he seemed to lose some control and try to pull it back by blowing up regularly. It did not endear him to players or supporters.
Glossop started the second half brightly and Hirst should have shot first time when picking up a Bailey pass in the box, but his desire for a touch gave the defence a chance to block. However, in the 59th minute the breakthrough did come.
Dave Young played a ball to the right to Alex Byrne, who advanced down the line and sent in a low cross that Madeley missed at the near post, but Bailey, named the North West Counties League player of the month the day previous, could not miss from short range at the far post.
Barely a minute later Madeley doubled the lead. This time a quick-thinking Bailey took a quick free kick in the WRP half, curling a pass to the alert Madeley who cleverly won himself the space to shoot across the keeper and into the corner of the net by feigning a switch to his right foot. Instead he finished with his left.
The game was effectively over in the 65th minute when Young pinged a ball from the back, Bailey flicked it on and Madeley’s pace got him behind the defence to finish with aplomb. Bailey and Madeley played together at Altrincham as youngsters, and their partnership is showing signs of blossoming again after just three games for the former Mossley man.
There was one warning for GNE when Edgar shot wide from Newbold’s cut back, but as the hailstones came down once more, it still looked more like North End would score again. Byrne had a great opportunity from short range, the keeper beaten, but a defender managed to recover and block.
These three points were sealed though, capping a successful week in which Glossop beat both top and bottom of the league. Now, if they could just replicate this with the teams in between…
Team: Williams, Byrne, Russell, Lugsden, Young, Parker (Blackshaw), Hirst (Cliff), Kilheeney, Bailey, Allen, Madeley (Riley)
Tom Bailey scores from close range to give Glossop the lead. Photo - Steve Dyson
|5th November - Match Report by Jonathan Haggart|
Glossop North End 1 Runcorn Town 0
Runcorn Town came to Surrey Street as league leaders, whilst the home side had suffered three successive defeats. Neutral observers would most likely have predicted an away win, but they found the Hillmen in a resilient mood, determined to halt the slide. It felt like an important win.
The game’s only goal came early, in the 5th minute, and it was North End’s new signing Sam Madeley who netted. After a spell of Runcorn pressure, Andy Kilheeney played a long ball forward that was flicked on by Tom Bailey. His new strike partner won the physical battle with his marker and struck a low shot that Karl Wills partially blocked with his body, but not enough – the ball squirmed under and into the net.
That first five minutes was something of a microcosm of the first half as a whole, with Runcorn having a lot of possession, but North End creating the clearer chances. Bailey curled a free kick just over the bar, whilst Madeley sharp turn and shot hit the side netting. Hirst tried to place a shot but it was held by the keeper whereas Runcorn were largely restricted to shots from distance. However, Lester did worry Williams when running from his own half, getting the luck of a ricochet at the edge of the area and shooting. The keeper saved at his near post.
Grant shot low on the turn for the visitors and Williams caused hearts to flutter as a free kick bounced awkwardly in front of him and off his chest, however he was first to react and collected the ball.
As you might expect, Runcorn started the second half brightly and although Carey got a shot in in the first minute it was a simple take for Williams. Carey also headed wide from a good cross. However, GNE created a great chance of their own when a corner was pushed out to Dave Young and whilst his shot beat the keeper it was cleared off the line by Burton.
As the half went on, Glossop began to defend deeper and deeper and putting pressure on themselves as a result. Runcorn were getting more shots on goal, none of them dangerous at this point, but Chris Willcock brought on Kyle Riley to try and add more strength up front. Riley nearly scored with his first touch, heading wide when he should have at least hit the target.
In the 68th minute Glossop’s cause was given a boost by Scott Burton of Runcorn, who having been booked for dissent got another yellow card for a high tackle in midfield. Runcorn continued to work hard, without really troubling the North End defence, and continued to do so even when reduced to 9 men seven minutes from time, this time Shanley receiving a second yellow card for something the assistant referee pointed out.
The inevitable Runcorn chance came in the 5th minute of injury time when the ball fell to Spearitt outside the area and he leathered it goalwards. For a split second it looked as though the ball might hit the corner of the net, only for it to swerve away to safety. It meant a terrific three points for North End, and they will seek to add to restored confidence when they travel to Wigan Robin Park on Saturday.
Team: Williams, Byrne, Russell (Allen), Lugsden, Young, Parker, Hirst (Cliff), Kilheeney, Bailey, Hare, Madeley (Riley)
Sam Madeley advances towards the goal to score the only goal of the game. Photo - Steve Dyson
|2nd November - Match Report by Stewart Taylor|
Ashton Athletic 2 Glossop North End 1
The Hillmen travelled to Ashton-in-Makerfield on Saturday with a mission to put right what had gone wrong the previous Tuesday in the defeat at home to Stockport Sports and to reverse the opening day defeat to the same opposition. The line-up had a positive look with new signing Sam Madeley joining top scorer Tom Bailey up front with the returning Martin Parker operating at the base of a midfield diamond. Manager Chris Willcock was forced into defensive changes as full back Matty Russell was ill on the morning of the match.
The shape of the game was established even before the kick off as an already wet pitch was deluged by a rain shower as the teams lined up for the pre-match handshake. The wind howled and the rain got heavier as the referee blew his whistle to start the match.
Not surprisingly, both teams struggled to cope with the conditions and the match was ragged until the conditions eased somewhat and it became possible to string a few passes together. The home side were the first to manage to do this to significant effect as with 4 minutes played, forward Mike Downing found himself clear on the 18 yard line and his well placed shot beat Dean Williams in the GNE goal.
The Hillmen looked to hit back quickly and Tom Bailey fashioned himself an opening but his shot was saved by Jay Foulds. GNE were starting to slowly build some pressure as the conditions improved and several half chances went begging. Their efforts were rewarded on 28 minutes as the best football of the match saw the visitors move the ball quickly and accurately through midfield to find Sam Hare inside the box. His shot whistled past Foulds to equalise the scores.
As half time approached the wind and rain returned with a vengeance and the game fell apart as a spectacle but there was just time for Williams to save well from Ste Latham before the players could retire to the sanctity of the dressing rooms.
The start of the second half saw the conditions at their worst and it was no surprise to see water beginning to accumulate on the surface of the pitch. It was clear from this point on that simple football would be the name of the game as the likelihood of mistakes would become greater as the match progressed. Nothing much happened for the first 20 minutes as both sides struggled to make any headway. Then what turned out to be the winning goal came in the most likely of fashions, from a mistake, as Lincoln Adams and Dean Williams both missed their opportunity to clear the ball leaving Downing to score his second of the afternoon.
More mistakes were always likely and the visitors nearly paid for a cross field pass in defence which slowed down on the sodden surface giving Ashton substitute Stephen Edwards a chance but his effort was well saved by Williams. GNE pressed forward in the closing minutes looking to take something from the match but the home side defended well in numbers and prevented any clear chances.
A messy match in very difficult conditions but the home side adapted better than GNE and the three points stayed at home.
GNE Team Williams, Byrne, Bockarie, Young, Adams (Lugsden), Parker, Hirst C (Allen), Kilheeney, Bailey, Hare, Madeley (Riley).
Tom Bailey gets away from an Ashton defender. Photo - Steve Dyson
|29th October - Match Report by Jonathan Haggart|
Glossop North End 0 Stockport Sports 3
When it comes to the end of the season Chris Willcock will want to look back on this wet evening and consider that this was the most disappointing performance of the season. It certainly was thus far, and he’d like to think it won’t get worse than this.
Stockport Sports came into the game with a patched up side having lost a number of players in a short space of time, but they played with a freedom North End rarely showed after creating a couple of early chances that they will still be wondering how they missed.
The first of the misses came on 5 minutes when a low cross found leading scorer at the far post, sliding in and with the net gaping. The keeper was seemingly stranded, but somehow Bailey hit the near post and watched aghast as the ball rebounded onto the other post before the defence cleared.
Minutes later Bailey was put through at an angle but shot straight at the keeper, and then again had a chance but his shot was deflected wide.
It took 15 minutes for Sport to settle down, but you eventually saw their confidence grow and they created half chances before taking a sharp one on 24 minutes. The ball was played to Halfacre at the edge of the area and the burly centre forward brought it under control and fired a shot into the net.
North End tried to press, but Byrne headed over from a free kick on the right before Adams missed another golden opportunity, skying a effort over the bar from short range when it looked easier to score. The misses seemed to knock the stuffing out of the side.
In the second half Dean Williams was forced into action early on when saving at his near post from a tight angle but there was no escape on 55 minutes. Nick Allen made a rare mistake giving the ball away in midfield and allowed Steel to run down the right side and cross into the middle. Marshall completely mis-kicked, but the ball fell nicely into the path of Crowe, who lashed in from about 12 yards.
10 minutes later it was three. Jordan Young sprung the North End offside trap and was allowed a clear run on goal. He waited for Williams to commit to a dive and simply placed the ball the other way.
North End never truly looked convincing going forward and rarely threatened to pull a goal back, and even when Alex Byrne did put in a tantalising cross from the right in the corridor of uncertainty no-one was attacking the 6 yard box to convert. It was a night to forget.
Team: Williams, Bockarie (Goodeve), Russell, Lugsden, Adams, Allen (Riley), Byrne, Kilheeney (Neequaye), Bailey, Hare, Cliff
Harry Bockarie in action for Glossop North End. Photo - Steve Dyson
|26th October - Match Report by Jonathan Haggart|
Glossop North End 0 Maine Road 2
10-man Glossop North End crashed out of the NWCFL league cup at their first hurdle for the third consecutive year as league leaders Maine Road came to Surrey Street and won for the second time this season.
The first half was a tough one to watch with defences well on top and chances on goal absent. It took until the 35th minute for the game to even show the slightest of attacking spark when Tom Bailey made room for himself at the edge of the area and curled a shot goalwards, however the ball hit the bar and bounced to safety.
The game started to open up a little and Hill shot wide for the visitors as did Lee Blackshaw for the Hillmen. Then in the 42nd minute Road made the breakthrough as Henderson picked up the ball in the box with only Williams to beat. The North End keeper saved with his legs only for the ball to loop up into the path of Bentham, who nodded over the prone custodian into the net.
Glossop started the second half extremely brightly and inside the first minute Harry Bockarie’s cut back to Bailey was foiled by a bobble just as the leading scorer shaped to shoot, meaning his shot went wide. Minutes later, Byrne controlled a diagonal pass well on his chest, knocking it into his path in the area but his dangerous cross was taken by the keeper at the second attempt.
Pressure continued, as Nick Allen just missed a low cross along the 6 yard line and Riley’s textbook downward header was blocked by a defender’s body.
However, on 65 minutes the stuffing was knocked out of the home side as Sam Hare was given his marching orders for a second yellow card. The midfielder had already been booked for a late tackle when he himself was upended late by Breslin . It should have been a free kick and probably a booking for Breslin, but the referee thought otherwise and a frustrated Hare pushed Breslin to the floor. The ref certainly spotted that, and produced a second yellow for Hare’s reaction. Hare could have complaints about the tackle, but none about his sanction.
Despite being a man light, Glossop continued to press and Jordan Goodeve had a shot from the edge of the area blocked and Matthew Russell headed just over from a Byrne cross. The pressing game would of course leave North End vulnerable on the break and Hill nearly scored when beating Williams to the ball, but could only hit a weak shot.
North End’s best chance came when Mason allowed a goal kick to bounce, and Nathan Neequaye nipped him between him and the keeper to loop a header over the goalie, but it went wide. Just a couple of minutes later Road doubled their lead when a low free kick was spilled by Williams, the ball bouncing off his body into the path of Bentham who tapped in.
Glossop never gave up, but by this time were effectively down to nine-and-a-half men with Russell limping profusely and Maine Road’s stout defence was not to be breached.
Team: Williams, Bockarie (Goodeve), Russell, Lugsden, Adams, Allen (Neequaye), Byrne, Kilheeney, Bailey, Hare, Blackshaw (Riley)
Alex Byrne in a good position for Glossop. Photo - Steve Dyson
|22nd October - Match Report by Jonathan Haggart|
West Didsbury & Chorlton 1 Glossop North End 3
Glossop North End responded to a lacklustre first half with a second 45 three goal salvo that lifted them into the top half of the table in a night of spectacular goals in Chorlton.
Despite starting brightly, with Tom Bailey looking lively and forcing the keeper to save with his legs and then lifting a shot from a tight angle just over the bar, things started to go wrong for the Hillmen when conceding in the 22nd minute.
Tre Baldwin-Willis collected the ball from a short throw-in level with the 18 yard line, and after controlling he unleashed a dipping shot on the turn which cleared Dean Williams as it dropped from the sky and landed in the top corner.
Williams was shellshocked, although there was little he could do about the goal in truth, but he nearly presented an opportunity to Jones when he mis-kicked a clearance leaving his goal gaping. Jones, fortunately for Williams, wasn’t up to the task and shot wide.
Glossop struggled for fluency, although they might have been more comfortable had Rogers received the second yellow card his challenge on Paul Cliff deserved, but Chris Willcock had seen enough by 37 minutes and changed the formation, bringing on Kye Riley to hold the ball up top. However, the Hillmen still went into the break behind as Nick Allen drove a fierce shot wide.
Parity was restored soon after the break though. From a free kick 25 yards out, just to the right of the ‘D’, Bailey stepped up and curled an effort around the wall and into the top corner. Quality goal number two of the game…and the best was yet to come.
Allen had a shot saved by the keeper’s legs as GNE pressed for the lead and Riley was given offside when clean through and looking a yard or so the correct side of the defence when the ball was played. However, the lead came on 62 minutes.
From a West Didsbury corner the ball was cleared upfield to the right side touchline, where Bailey collected. He was on his own up front though, so kept possession to allow colleagues to catch up, whilst advancing inside across the edge of the penalty box. The home side failed to challenge effectively, backing off to give Bailey space to look up and with the outside of his boot launched a placed shot into the top corner. It was a moment of real quality, and it is no wonder other clubs have been enquiring about the North End leading scorer.
2-1 is always dangerous though, and Glossop were grateful for a further goal on 78 minutes when Andy Kilheeney netted his first for the club. It was the first goal of the night from inside the penalty box after Jordan Goodeve shaped to shoot from the edge of the box but instead passed inside for Kilheeney. He looked up and picked his spot in the corner of the net, for what in any other night would be a cracking goal. Pity for Kilheeney there had been some barnstormers earlier on.
Nevertheless, it sealed an important three points as The Hillmen set about trying to turn the games in hand they have on other sides into points.
Team: Williams, Bockarie, Russell, Lugsden, Adams, Allen, Byrne (Goodeve), Kilheeney, Bailey, Hare (Hirst), Cliff (Riley)
Andrew Kilheeney scores his first goal for the club to put Glossop 3-1 ahead. Photo - Steve Dyson
|19th October - Match Report by Jonathan Haggart|
Glossop North End 7 Kinsley Boys 0
The Hillmen stormed into the second round of the FA Vase on Saturday sweeping aside their West Yorkshire opponents in a dominant display in which although Sam Hare scored a hat trick, you wouldn’t want to single out a player for special praise. It was a ruthless team performance. At times the two division gap in the league pyramid between the two teams was made to look like a gulf.
In many ways, Glossop were on a hiding to nothing, expected to win comfortably. They just needed an early goal to settle themselves down, and after a spell of pressure that’s exactly what they got in the 12th minute. It was a simple goal, as Paul Cliff delivered a corner to the 6 yard line and Nick Allen nodded home to open his tally for the season.
The game was pretty much all North End from there. Alex Byrne’s near post flick forced a save and Tom Bailey shot over the bar before the lead was finally double on the half hour. This time Hare’s cross from the right found Bailey unmarked at the far post, and he made no mistake with his header.
Ten minutes later it was three when Hare was brought down moving onto a 1-2 at the edge of the area that left him clear on goal. Hare himself got up to send the keeper the wrong way.
Into injury time, Kinsley did muster a couple of shots on goal, but Appleton’s shot, that looked as though it was on target, was blocked by Kelvin Lugsden’s body and Day sliced his shot wide when presented with an opportunity to have a go from the edge of the area.
In the previous round Kinsley had recovered from 3-0 down to progress, so it’s almost certain North End will have spoken about this at half time and they came out looking for further goals. Cliff forced a terrific save from the keeper with a diving header, although Williams had to be alive to save from Wood, as the Kinsley sub tried to pull one back.
It took until the 62nd minute for GNE to effectively seal the game when Bailey and Harry Bockerie linked up on the right side allowing the full back acres of space to cross. He cut the ball back, picking out Hare who netted despite not catching the ball cleanly.
It was five two minutes later, with Bailey netting a lovely goal after receiving the ball at the edge of the area and beating the defender with a body feint. It left him a clear run to the penalty spot from where he picked his spot.
Kinsley never gave up, but North End were relentless, bringing on substitutes keen to impress to nail down a spot in the starting line up. Kye Riley’s first touch let him down when Bailey picked him out and the keeper was off his line to block, and Nathan Neequaye could only hit the side netting off the rebound from a tight angle.
Riley did net though in the 86th minute when the tireless Bailey again got behind the left back and picked him out on the penalty spot. Riley made no mistake from 12 yards. Then in the 3rd minute of injury time Hare netted again from the spot after Russell had been felled. It was Glossop’s first seven goal salvo for two years, meaning they were emphatically into Monday’s draw for the second round.
Team: Williams, Bockarie, Russell, Lugsden, Adams, Allen (Riley), Byrne (Marshall), Kilheeney, Bailey, Hare, Cliff (Neequaye)
Tom Bailey scores his 2nd goal and Glossop's 5th. Photo - Steve Dyson
|12th October - Match Report by Stewart Taylor|
AFC Blackpool 1 Glossop North End 1
Before the start of a football match away from home, most teams would look at taking a share of the points from a game against a side higher in the league than they were as being a satisfactory afternoon’s work. Glossop North End did exactly that away at AFC Blackpool on Saturday but left the Fylde coast bitterly disappointed not to be bringing all three points back with them and justifiably so.
At a bright and calm Mechanics Ground, the Hillmen fielded the same starting eleven as in the mid-week home victory over Winsford United. The match started evenly but with no real goal threat from either side. Lee Blackshaw was forced to withdraw from the action with injury as early as the 13th minute being replaced wide on the left by Paul Cliff. The visitors had a good spell of possession half way through the first period but AFC Blackpool came back into the match and half time arrived with neither goalkeeper having being troubled.
Half time cups of tea had only just been finished as Paul Cliff was the one to be forced off with an injury to be replaced by Sam Marshall. GNE were playing the better football and starting to make chances at last. On 50 minutes Tom Bailey broke clear of the home defence but his goalbound effort was saved by the outstretched right foot of Jamie Scott in the AFC Blackpool goal. Better was to follow almost immediately as Marshall made his first telling contribution to the action with a defence splitting pass which found Bailey in space. The GNE striker made no mistake in calmly slotting the ball past the approaching Scott to open the scoring.
The Hillmen were not content to sit on their lead and went looking to add to their advantage. On the hour mark a short free kick routine between Andy Kilheeney and Sam Hare led to the latter swinging in a fine cross which found Alex Byrne in space in front of goal. His headed effort bounced to safety from the underside of the crossbar. Quarter of an hour later it was Byrne again who found himself with space in front of goal as the ball came in from Marshall wide on the left. He made good contact with the cross but the ball found the woodwork and, again, bounced away to safety.
GNE were dominating the game as, with 15 minutes to play, the home side played their last two cards bringing on Ryan Vaughan and Stephen Betteridge from the subs bench. With just 5 minutes left on the watch Dean Williams in the Hillmen goal was brought into action for the first time in the match. A fine shot from outside the area by Grant Dell was turned away well by Williams, down by his left hand upright, at the expense of a corner. The corner was hit deep across the box and the return from the back of the box was met with a spectacular overhead kick by Mitchel Newsham and suddenly, against the run of play, the scores were level.
There was little time left for GNE to restore their advantage but they certainly tried. Moving forward with renewed urgency they put pressure on the home goal, the closest effort being a shot from Marshall, following a run from inside his own half, which was saved by Scott. As the final whistle went the travelling GNE supporters could only look back on a match in which they knew their side had done everything but take all three points.
GNE Team Williams, Bockarie, Russell, Lugsden, Adams, Allen, Byrne, Kilheeney, Bailey, Hare (Riley), Blackshaw (Cliff) (Marshall)
Tom Bailey beats the AFC Blackpool goalkeeper to the ball to give Glossop the lead. Photo - Steve Dyson
|8th October - Match Report by Jonathan Haggart|
Glossop North End 5 Winsford United 0
North End bounced back from surprise defeat at the weekend with a comprehensive win against a poor Winsford United side. The breakthrough took a while, but once the Hillmen had grabbed the lead the result was never in doubt.
Chris Willcock had made three changes from Saturday’s game, the most significant of which was Dean Williams coming in in goal for Ben Proctor. Williams could not have wished for a more comfortable league debut.
In the opening half hour Glossop had two chances cleared off the line as they looked to grab the initiative. Firstly a round of penalty box pinball saw both Lincoln Adams and Alex Byrne takes pokes at goal, Adams’ effort was saved and Byrne’s cleared as it look sure to cross the line. Then a Tom Bailey shot was pushed away and again Byrne’s effort was blocked, this time by a prone goalkeeper.
However, on 35 minutes the breakthrough did finally come. A Lee Blackshaw corner found its way back out to the winger and his curled cross caused panic in the box, falling kindly for Lincoln Adams to tap past a stranded keeper to score.
6 minutes later it was 2 when Winsford lost possession right outside their dugout, claiming their man was fouled. The referee waved play on, and Andy Kilheeney slotted a ball through the defence for Bailey, looking slightly offside, to run onto and net past the advancing keeper.
The second half started in a similar vein and by the 53rd minute it was 3-0. This time the ball was passed down the right side for Byrne to flick the ball inside first time and put Sam Hare through on goal. As the keeper advanced to meet Hare the midfielder lobbed him with aplomb.
The fourth came in the 62nd minute, and it was the pick of the lot. From a Winsford corner Kilheeney won the ball at the edge of the area and Blackshaw reacted smartly to pick up the ball and stride away from his own penalty box. He weighted a perfect pass to Bailey on the right and behind the full back he drew the keeper toward him before accurately squaring the ball to the far post for Hare to tap in.
The scoring was completed by Paul Cliff in the 84th minute when fellow substitute Kyle Riley crossed from the right and Cliff nodded in from the edge of the 6 yard box.
As reactions to a moment adversity go, this couldn’t have been more comprehensive. The Hillmen will now look to carry this momentum into Saturday’s visit to AFC Blackpool.
Team: Williams, Bockarie (Young), Russell, Lugsden, Adams, Allen, Byrne (Cliff), Kilheeney, Bailey (Riley), Hare, Blackshaw
Sam Hare scores his 2nd goal to put Glossop 4-0 ahead. Photo - Steve Dyson
|5th October - Match Report by Jonathan Haggart|
Glossop North End 2 St Helens Town 3
Glossop slipped to a surprise defeat against the Saints on Saturday – it had been a game that they would probably expect to win beforehand, and the fans and players were probably just as surprised they hadn’t afterwards. The Hillmen largely dominated possession and chances, but didn’t make enough use of either. Unlike St Helens.
North End made a bright start and deservedly opened the scoring on 15 minutes. On the left side of the pitch, Sam Hare laid the ball forward with a flicked pass, and was immediately fouled from behind. However, the referee played a superb advantage as Tom Bailey advanced into the area and clipped a shot past Gibson.
The home side pressed for a second and from a Kilheeney cross Bailey chest-controlled, 8 yards out but couldn’t stay balanced to execute the finish. Then suddenly St Helens levelled.
Dave Young was penalised for a push at the right edge of the area. The free kick was drilled by Judge and bounced off the chest of Ben Proctor as he made the save. The ball ricocheted straight into the path of Gillespie, who simply tapped into the open net.
Then suddenly St Helens were in the lead.
It came from a North End corner which was cleared to Kilheeney at the edge of the area. He was bundled off the ball by pressure and St Helens broke with pace. In two passes the ball was in the Hillmen’s area and Storey rounded Proctor, but chose to go down under the challenge of the keeper. As the ball was going away from goal there was no card for Proctor, but Judge blasted the spot kick under his despairing dive.
On 37 minutes, the Hillmen levelled. Paul Cliff received the ball on the left and beat his man, advancing to the by-line. He drilled a low cross across the face of goal and Alex Byrne had the simplest task to tap in at the back post.
North End tried to take a lead into the break, and thought they had in injury time, but Byrne’s effort from Hare’s cross was ruled out for offside.
Glossop’s hard work was undone by a poor spell for the ten minutes following the break. St Helens came out of the dressing room with more energy and passed the ball well for a period. Sanderson should have scored after confusion between Young and Lugsden allowed the ball to fall at his feet in the area, and then Sykes-Wright did get the goal when allowed to cut in from the left. He took a speculative shot from 25 yards, and the low effort was just out of Proctor’s reach, hitting the corner of the net.
Glossop tried to pile of the pressure, but often the final ball let them down. When they did create a chance, they tended to take the wrong option, substitute Nathan Neequaye and Bailey both shooting when a pass to colleagues looked a better option.
However, Byrne should have done better when chesting down a Bailey pass and advancing into the area, as should Neequaye when putting a short range header right into the midriff of the keeper. Gibson also saved from a Bailey shot and then made a brilliant reaction save from Lugsden, recovering to clear to safety with his legs whilst still on the floor.
St Helens tried to expose gaps at the back, and Gillespie hit the outside of the post with a poked shot, but it was largely GNE pressure. The St Helens rear-guard continued to stand firm though, with Adams’ shot blocked by defensive bodies in the last minute of injury time. That signalled the end of the siege, and a fine, gritty, win for the visitors. They will be pleased with their workrate and character whilst Glossop will not see too much wrong with their performance. However, they will know that they need a touch more finesse around the box against Winsford at Surrey Street on Tuesday and that they need to play for 90 minutes, not 80.
Team: Proctor, Lugsden, Russell (Marshall), Young, Adams, Allen, Byrne, Kilheeney, Bailey, Hare (Neequaye), Cliff (Blackshaw)
Subs not used: Riley, Williams
Tom Bailey gives Glossop a 1-0 lead. Photo - Steve Dyson
|28th September - Match Report by Jonathan Haggart|
Glossop North End 3 Congleton Town 2
The Hillmen put in something of a curate’s egg of a performance on Saturday. The opening 45 minutes were probably the best they had played all season, and they deservedly went into the break with a two goal lead, but in the second half they allowed The Bears back into the game and restore parity, only to snatch all three points as soon as the visitors drew level.
Glossop really were excellent in the first half. They passed the ball well in possession and when they didn’t have the ball they grafted hard to close down space and win it back or force an error.
Shots on goal were plentiful, Bailey shooting wide from an angle in the 3rd minute, Hare shooting over from 25 yards in the 9th and Adams heading just over in the 12th. Bailey kept trying, putting a lob wide and shooting from the edge of the box (saved), before the opening goal came on 17 minutes.
Paul Cliff had been fouled by the left by-line, and Hare’s low free kick was met by Alex Byrne at the near post. He flicked the ball with the outside of his right foot and the ball arrowed between the man on the post and the keeper.
The second goal came just before half time when Sam Hare was expected to shoot or cross when picking up a ball into the box on the right. However, Hare cut inside, bamboozling Alston, who was looking to block a shot but instead brought Hare down. It was Hare himself who bagged his first GNE goal, planting a fine penalty into the top left corner.
With all the effort put in in the first 45 bound to have sapped legs, and with Congleton undoubtedly having the chastening words of their manager ringing in their ears, the second half pattern of play was perhaps inevitable, and sure enough Congleton pressured.
Jones & Gill had both had shots just the wrong side of the post before they pulled one back on the hour mark. A deep cross to the far post fell to Jones’ feet, who controlled and dinked a cross to the far post. Proctor was stranded, and Middleton could head into an empty net from short range.
The equaliser came with 10 minutes to go, and had a similar feel to the first Town goal. It was a free kick on the left that was again planted past the far post and nodded back across goal. This time it fell to the feet of Whiteoak, who toe-poked it across Proctor into the far corner.
However, credit to North End, as their response was immediate. From a deep corner, perhaps taking a leaf out of the Bears’ book, Dave Young nodded back across goal, and through a jungle of legs, Byrne was able to latch onto it and score. Parity had lasted less than a minute.
Congleton tried to pile on the pressure, but it was the Hillmen who should have scored again, Bailey wasteful twice. Firstly he headed wide when latching onto a Proctor big kick, but more wastefully he blazed over when Byrne had got behind the full back and put in a low cross to the far post. He should have scored both. Not that it mattered in the final analysis – in their first league game in a month Glossop had got their league season back under way with a welcome three points.
Team: Proctor, Lugsden, Russell, Young, Adams, Allen (Kay), Byrne, Kilheeney, Bailey, Hare (Riley), Cliff (Blackshaw)
Subs not used: Marshall, Williams
Alex Byrne scores the opening goal against Congleton. Photo - Steve Dyson
|21st September - Match Report by Jonathan Haggart|
Glossop North End 1 Formby 0
The Hillmen progressed into the 1st Round Proper of the FA Vase at Surrey Street on Saturday with a last gasp winner against their fellow NWCFL team Formby, debutant Kyle Riley netting the vital goal just as second half injury time began.
It wasn’t a great game, and neither side hit the heights they are capable of. That probably says much about the experience of both defences who smothered just about everything that was thrown at them. In any case what matter is that you are in the hat for the draw on Monday morning and North End will be delighted to have a numbered ball allocated to them.
Chris Willcock handed a debut to new signing Matthew Russell, slotting in at left back for the injured Harry Bockerie, whilst Jamie Kay moved into the centre of midfield. Formby meanwhile we so short of fit players that they only had one substitute, and would have been worried in the 5th minute when Luke Holden went down for lengthy treatment.
The game started slowly, with Glossop dominating the possession without finding clear openings in Formby’s resolute defences. Both Alex Byrne and Jamie Kay had shots from distance, although it was Russell who caused the most panic when his angled drive when just over the corner of the bar. At this stage Formby were offering little, Ben Proctor not having a touch with his hands until the 20th minute.
On the 21st minute though Formby did fashion the best chance on goal so far when Holden’s 25 yard shot moved in the air and Proctor could only parry it out into the danger area, however Dave Young was the most alert and cleared.
The visitors seemed to be relying on set pieces, their tactic to be to appear to over-hit the ball only for someone to nod it back across goal into the danger area. It nearly worked too but White got underneath the ball when it looked easier to score.
In the second half possession of the ball changed constantly from team to team as resolute defences and stern midfield play stopped most forward progression for both sides. Glossop tried to freshen things up with substitutes on the hour, and for a spell it worked as Byrne volleyed wide, Dave Young forced a great save from O’Connell from a long shot and Paul Cliff headed first over the bar and then wide with a diving header.
Meanwhile, the speedy Adegbenro was offering Formby’s attacking threat and he went close with a low shot when played behind the defence and again in the 74th minute when rare errors from Lincoln Adams and Young combined to put him one-on-one with Proctor. His shot beat the keeper but not the bar and bounced down to be collected by Proctor’s grateful arms.
When Jamie Kay’s 88th minute shot from 25 yards was tipped over the bar extra time and penalties looked inevitable, but there was to be one final twist. Andy Kilheeney played the ball out left for Cliff appearing to give him a chance to shoot. However a poor first touch sent him towards the by-line and he had drawn the keeper towards him who had expected to block an effort towards goal. As it was, Cliff was able to cross the ball backwards towards Riley, whose deft flicked touch – the cross was slightly behind him – turned the ball into the empty net, much to the relief of the home fans.
Team: Proctor, Lugsden, Russell, Young, Adams, Kay, Byrne (Riley), Kilheeney, Bailey, Hare (Blackshaw), Marshall (Cliff)
Subs not used: Allen, Williams
Paul Cliff heads the ball just over the goal in the second half against Formby. Photo - Steve Dyson
|17th September - Match Report by Jonathan Haggart|
Glossop North End 5 Oldham Boro 1
Glossop North End comfortably sealed progress into the next round of the Manchester Premier Cup at Surrey Street on Tuesday, easing to victory in a thoroughly professional performance. In doing so, they will have handily dealt with any hangover from FA Cup defeat with Saturday’s home tie against Formby imminent.
The Hillmen started the game on a hiding to nothing, playing as they were a team from a division below. But unlike in previous seasons, where teams from lower down the ladder have beaten weakened North End sides, Chris Willcock showed respect to the competition and the opposition and played a full strength team. That was rewarded with a comprehensive win.
All the early play was with the home side, and in the 5th minute Sam Marshall should have opened the scoring when meeting Kelvin Lugsden’s deep cross with his head. However, from short range his nod across the goal went wide of the post. Tom Bailey too should have notched in the 9th minute but after seeing his swept shot saved he somehow shot wide when the ball landed back at his feet.
However, the Glossop pressure kept coming and in the 23rd minute the breakthrough finally game. A corner was swung in from the left and the push on Marshall could hardly have been more blatant, the winger sent sprawling. Dave Young stepped up and netted the spot kick.
Kay shot just wide and a Bailey/Hare one-two ended with Bailey just missing the target, as North End looked to add to the lead. It took until the 41st minute however for the second goal to come. Jamie Kay appeared to be shooting from about 30 yards, but his low drive fell nicely for Bailey at the edge of the area. He took a touch, turned, and half volleyed the ball past Pearson.
It took just 3 second half minutes for the game to be effectively sealed. A Byrne cross was turned behind for a corner and the flag kick was allowed to drop onto the head of Marshall – one of the smallest men on the field – and he simply had to nod home from short range.
Glossop switched off a little, and Kershaw reminded them there were two teams playing with a shot that hit the top of the bar and on 57 minutes they did pull one back. A free kick from 35 yards was drilled into the area and Kay hung out a leg to deflect it past Dean Williams for an unfortunate own goal.
North End responded, and Marshall’s volley was just over the bar whilst Kay forced a terrific save from Pearson with a volley of his own. In the 69th minute though, the 3 goal lead was restored when Bailey beat the offside trap to latch onto Byrne’s lofted pass. He took the ball into the box and rounded the keeper for the 4th.
The final goal came with 7 minutes to goal when Sam Marshall, who tormented the Oldham right back all night, again got a chance to cross. Although the ball was behind front man Jon Stephenson, Byrne was arriving from midfield, and drove it past Pearson.
On a miserable night weather-wise, North End had shown excellent determination and application and got their reward. Supporters will hope for more of the same on Saturday.
Although The Hillmen were initially drawn away from home against Formby, because the Squirrels’ temporary home at Burscough is unavailable the tie has been switched to Surrey Street. Kick off is 3pm, as always.
Team: Williams, Lugsden, Kay, Young, Adams, Ellison (Allen), Byrne, Kilheeney, Bailey (Stephenson), Hare (Hirst), Marshall
Substitutes not used: Rothwell, Proctor
Tom Bailey scores Glossop's second goal in the 5-1 win. Photo - Steve Dyson
|14th September - Match Report by Jonathan Haggart|
Runcorn Linnets 2 Glossop North End 1
Although ultimately a mad two minute spell at the start of the second half cost North End this tie – they allowed Linnets to score their two goals in that short time – in truth The Hillmen didn’t deserve to take anything from this game as they failed to show the form of recent weeks. As such, an opportunity to progress in the FA Cup against a side at their own level wasted.
Although only the second week in September, Chris Willcock’s side had already been to Linnets this season when they played well, took the lead, wasted chances to extend and ended up losing 2-1. Seemingly determined that that would not happen again, Willock made a number of changes to the side that suggested that a clean sheet was a priority.
Certainly throughout the opening 30 minutes Runcorn had the bulk of the pressure, without truly threatening. And early spell of free kicks and corners were seen off. There were a couple of scares, with Houghton having a curling effort tipped over by Proctor and then just failing to get his head to a shot-cum-cross. Gavin Salmon also had a chance, but mis-kicked when a ricochet fell to his feet.
Then out of nothing Kelvin Lugsden engineered the opening. Playing at right back rather than his more natural centre back, he jinked past two players into the box, only to be upended by the defence. The linesman gave the penalty as the referee paused for thought and, after a bit of debate on who should take it, Dave Young smashed the spot kick home to give North End the lead.
Glossop immediately looked much more comfortable and Linnets began to get ragged. It appeared the home side needed half time more than the visitors but no-one could have predicted how well they would react to their team talk.
It took 18 seconds for them to level the scores, and North End hadn’t touched the ball when they picked it out of their net. From the kick off Runcorn played the ball to feet down the left hand side then passed square to the edge of the area for Houghton. He turned and picked his spot sweetly, driving a low shot past Proctor into the corner.
Worse was to come two minutes later when a long throw into the box caused panic in the GNE box. Ben Proctor left his line to smother a shot but the ball looped up off his body, and Atherton had the simplest of tasks to nod the ball into an empty net.
For 20 minutes, North End played punch drunk and Runcorn created plenty trying to take advantage. Houghton hit the post with a swept shot, Lomax shot over and Proctor saved a swept shot. All the pressure came from the home team. Meanwhile Chris Willcock used all his substitutes, Lincoln Adams reacting furiously as he made way for a change of shape.
Eventually The Hillmen regained some composure, signalled by Stephenson’s snapshot just curling wide. On the half hour a Bailey shot was deflected across goal, and took a wicked deflection 6 yards out. The ball was rocketing in until Robertson made an incredible reflex save to tip the ball over the ball. Whilst goals win games, saves secure them, and Robertson’s push away was top class.
As time ticked away North End tried to assert pressure, but Linnets withstood the majority. Ellison’s goal-bound shot was deflected over and the one time Robertson was beaten, when he flapped at a cross, Sam Marshall’s shot was cleared off the line. Stephen Andrews had the best chance; a poke at goal from 6 yards from a cross, but Robertson blocked it, this time the ball hitting him rather than him saving it.
The final opportunity came in the 5th minute of injury time when a long ball was won by Stephenson and the keeper read his punch wrong, batting it high into the air and behind himself. However, he was able to recover and again punch the ball from right under his bar, clearing for a corner.
So that is where the FA Cup adventure for 2013-14 ended. But the next 7 days have two further opportunities to progress in cups. On Tuesday the Hillmen host Oldham Boro in the Manchester Premier Cup, before facing Formby in the FA Vase at Surrey Street on Saturday.
Goalmouth action as Glossop search for an equaliser in the 2nd half at Runcorn. Photo - Steve Dyson
|7th September - Match Report by Stewart Taylor|
Glossop North End 3 Nostell MW 2 (after extra time)
The pervading sentiment around Surrey Street at 5.30 pm on Saturday was one of relief as the home side progressed in the FA Vase but only after making life very difficult for themselves.
The FA Vase is special to all followers of Glossop North End and the journey started this season with a home match against Nostell Miners Welfare of the Northern Counties East League. Nostell have had the most difficult start to their season imaginable having suffered what might be called a triple loss – all of their league matches, their manager and their captain but, as Alexander Pope said in his Essay on Man, “hope springs eternal”.
Into the GNE starting line-up for this match came two new signings in Andrew Kilheeney from Maine Road and Paul Cliff from Wigan Robin Park and there was a welcome return to Surrey Street for left back Jamie Kay as he took his place on the substitutes bench.
The first 10 minutes gave no real indication of the drama to come as the match started quietly then, from a free kick out on the right hand side, Nostell central defender Tom Jackson was unchallenged as he rose in the GNE area to nod the ball firmly past Ben Proctor in the Hillmen goal. This early set back stung the home side into action and Cliff was pushed in the opposition area by a Nostell defender to concede a penalty. Tom Bailey stepped forward but his effort was well saved by Gavin Ansley in the visitor’s goal.
GNE began to dominate the match in terms of both possession and territory but could not find the equaliser despite good efforts from, mainly, Bailey and Nathan Neequaye.
Half time came with a slender lead to Nostell and words must have been said in the GNE changing room as the side were out and ready for the second half to begin a good 5 minutes early. Whatever was said seemed to have worked as the Hillmen started the second half with great purpose. An early cross from the right by Alex Byrne was headed goalwards by Cliff but his effort was cleared off the line down by the left hand upright. Before long the breakthrough came as another cross from the right found Sam Marshall in space in the area to head in unchallenged. With parity restored the Hillmen pressed forward on both flanks. Cliff was proving to be a nuisance down the left hand side and was unlucky not to open his scoring account for GNE as three chances in the next 10 minutes fell his way. For the first of these he had the ball in the net but the effort was ruled out for handball; next another cross from Byrne found Cliff open in the area but his header bounced back off the crossbar and, finally, another header whistled just over the bar.
In the meantime, ex Surrey Streeter Jamie Kay had come on to replace Harry Bockarie at left back to a fine reception from the home supporters.
The match continued with Proctor just about a spectator from the far end but a deciding goal would not come and the match went into extra-time. By this time Nostell, down to 10 men following the dismissal late in the second half of Franck Zalo, were visibly tiring and it seemed only a matter of time before the home side could make the advantage tell. Chances did come for the home side with Cliff once again unlucky to see a great left footed shot clatter the right hand upright and Daley Rothwell seeing a fierce long range effort bounce back off the same upright.
Into the second period of extra time, with Nostell effectively reduced to 9 men with full back Jamie Ord limping badly and no further substitutes available, and the deadlock was finally broken as yet another sortie down the right by Byrne led to a cross which found Rothwell unmarked – he made no mistake to give the home side the lead. A few minutes later it was a mirror image goal from the Hillmen as Kay crossed from the left hand side to find Bailey unmarked in the middle and that was 3-1 to the home side.
3-1 to GNE and 10 minutes of extra time to play – surely nothing could go wrong from here? But there was one last period of concern as Nostell substitute Machenzie Northern was allowed both time and space in the GNE area to beat a couple of defenders and slot the ball past Proctor.
Eventually, to the great relief of the home supporters, the final whistle went and GNE progress into the next round with a tie away at Formby in two weeks time. All credit to Nostell for making it as hard as they could for the opposition but, in the end, the better team prevailed.
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GNE Team Proctor, Byrne, Bockarie (Kay), Lugsden, Young, Allen, Marshall (Rothwell), Kilheeney, Bailey, Cliff, Neequaye (Stephenson).
Substitute Daley Rothwell scores to give Glossop a 2-1 lead in extra time. Photo - Steve Dyson
|31st August - Match Report by Stewart Taylor|
Runcorn Town 0 Glossop North End 1
The FA Cup always heightens awareness and sensitivities and can often lead to nervous games as the fear of defeat overcomes the desire to go out and win the match. Equally, matches can descend into scrappy affairs and this one was no exception; with an element of ill-discipline thrown into the mix as well.
GNE came into this match with clean sheets to their credit in the previous three matches and a very settled looking side; the only change in the starting eleven being Lee Morris coming in for the absent Nathan Neequaye. Town, showing a few changes from the very strong side which was close to promotion last season, have not had the best of starts this season but would have been buoyed by a 7-2 victory over Winterton Rangers in this competition a fortnight ago.
With a strong breeze coming off the nearby River Mersey, it was the home side who forced the early pace. On just three minutes, Town full back Danny Toone stepped up to take a free kick from just outside the box and was desperately unlucky to see his fine strike hit the underside of the bar and rebound to safety. In many ways this set the tone for much of the rest of the match as numerous free kicks were given away by both sides and, when the kick was in favour of the home side, it was generally Toone who took the responsibility.
GNE supporters can see something of a pattern emerging with the way their side is playing this season. Staunch defending combined with missed opportunities could be a reasonable summary and the remainder of the first half of this match fell true to that script. The Hillmen had three decent chances and could well have gone in at half time with a healthy lead. First Tom Bailey latched onto a poor back pass; Karl Wills in the Town goal saved his effort well; the ball fell for Chris Hirst whose shot lacked the venom to beat the back-tracking Town defenders. On the half hour mark the ball came free to Hirst from a corner; his shot was blocked and the ball rebounded to Lee Blackshaw three yards out and, somehow, the ball flew high over the bar. Two minutes later it was Lee Morris, operating down the right hand side, who was found by a through ball and his shot was well saved by the left hand of Wills. All square at half-time with the visitors having had the better chances.
Fifteen minutes into the second half and GNE welcomed the return of Sam Marshall for his first appearance of the season from the substitutes bench. He was immediately pushed up front with Bailey moving out to the right. Nothing constructive was happening in the match as free kick followed free kick and it was from a free kick to Town that probably their best chance of the match came. The ball was moved forward from a short free kick routine by Andrew Potter. His cross lead to an opportunity for ex Congleton Town striker Chris Smith to give his side the lead but he failed to connect from close range and the chance went begging.
The Hillmen introduced Jon Stephenson for his first competitive action in a GNE shirt this season and the forward players re-formed with Bailey coming back into the centre and Marshall moving out to the right.
As the clock ticked down towards the 90 minutes, and thoughts turned to the likelihood of a replay at Surrey Street on Tuesday, it was Town full back Toone again with a free kick which whistled into the danger area and went just wide of the angle of post and cross bar. If the crowd thought that was that then they turned out to be mistaken as GNE had one last throw of the dice. The ball was whipped into the box by Lee Blackshaw from a corner on the right hand side. The Town defenders failed to attack the ball; the ball bounced deep inside the area and captain Dave Young was on hand to head the ball past Wills. Scenes of celebration followed but the game was not yet up. The home side were awarded yet another free kick and goalkeeper Wills rushed forward into the GNE area. The free kick came to nothing and with the Town defenders scrambling back Bailey aimed a shot at the unguarded net from inside his own half. The ball was going in but a heroic effort by Toone got him back just in time to turn the ball off the line.
The referee’s whistle sounded for the final time and GNE were through to the next round by the narrowest of margins. We’ll all be back in Runcorn in two weeks time as the Hillmen face Runcorn Linnets in the next round.
GNE Team Proctor, Byrne, Bockarie, Lugsden, Young, Allen, Goodeve (Rothwell), Hirst C (Stephenson), Bailey, Morris (Marshall), Blackshaw
Glossop captain Dave Young scores the winning goal in the last minute. Photo - Steve Dyson
|27th August - Match Report by Stewart Taylor|
Stockport Sports 0 Glossop North End 0
For the third time in as many matches Glossop North End registered a clean sheet and if that, and the overall result, suggests that defences were dominant in this match then that would be a fair summary. The home side line-up showed a starting debut for Scott Dignan who Surrey Streeters may recall played at Surrey Street for Whaley Bridge in the Derbyshire Senior Cup match last December. Starting at left back for the Saxons was ex-Hillman Jamie Kay. GNE showed just one change from the home win over Wigan Robin Park with Jordan Goodeve returning to the starting XI in place of Daley Rothwell.
The synthetic surface at Stockport Sports Village tends to make for high tempo matches and the crowd, dominated by GNE supporters, certainly saw that as the first 10 minutes flew by in a flurry of midfield action. The only real threat on either goal came as GNE’s Chris Hirst fired in a shot which was well covered by Alex Baird who was making his debut for the Saxons in goal.
The main threat from the home side was coming from a combination of captain Ricky Anane and wide right midfielder Max Thomas down the right hand side. Always available for the outlet ball, and running forward at speed, these two made it a busy night for Harry Bockarie at left back. Numerous crosses came in from this source but the Saxons were unable to get bodies on the end of them effectively.
Towards half time the Saxons had a good spell of possession and provided the GNE defence, with captain Dave Young and Kelvin Lugsden playing well, some moments of anxiety. A shot by Matthew Dolan from the 18 yard line was well dealt with by Ben Proctor down to his left. This was followed by opportunities for the prolific James McShane and central defender Dignan before GNE finished the half well as a dipping shot from Tom Bailey looked goal bound but Baird produced a fine save. Honours even at half time.
The second half started at the same frantic pace as the first and GNE looked to gain some control. Pressure was mounting on the home defence but Dignan, ably supported by Warren Gaskin, remained calm and repulsed several forward drives. Home captain Anane was forced off with an injury on the hour mark and that deprived the Saxons of one area of attack.
Into the last 15 minutes and it was looking as though one goal would be enough to secure all three points from this match. The Hillmen redoubled their efforts and created a number of chances in this last period of the match. Tom Bailey had a number of half chances which he had largely created for himself by strong running but Baird was equal to the challenge on at least three occasions. As the watch ticked by 90 minutes it was Bailey again, getting the better of Dignan for once, who forced a save from Baird and that was that.
An entertaining affair for the neutral but a disappointing result for both sides but particularly for the Hillmen who must have thought that they had done enough in that stirring last 10 minutes to have taken the spoils.
Acta est fabula, plaudite!
GNE Team Proctor, Byrne, Bockarie, Lugsden, Young, Allen, Goodeve, Hirst C. Bailey, Neequaye, Blackshaw (Morris)
|24th August - Match Report by Stewart Taylor|
Glossop North End 5 Wigan Robin Park 0
Clean sheets are amongst the most valued commodities for football managers and coaches and the Hillmen have registered two in a week which has brought 6 league points.
A glance at the result suggests an easy win for GNE and although that was the case, all credit to the visitors who found themselves 4-0 down at half time but did not give the game up and gained respect for making a match of it in the second half. Having said that, there is always a tendency for a side with a big half time lead to take their foot off the gas in the second half and this may well have been a contributory factor in this match.
The Hillmen are showing all the signs of fielding a settled side. A strong defensive unit, still missing captain Lincoln Adams, are combining well with a midfield which is not quite so settled as some players work their way back in following injuries and there are still a couple out with injury. Up front leading scorer Tom Bailey is an ever present both in terms of his time on the pitch and his threat to the opposition.
GNE got off to the best possible start as within the first 3 minutes a ball swung in from the right by Alex Byrne was met by Dave Young who headed in to open the scoring. This set the tone for the half which was dominated by the Hillmen swarming forward at every opportunity. The Robins were restricted to a couple of chances and a penalty shout with GNE indebted to Ben Proctor for a fine save and Kelvin Lugsden who managed to block on the line.
At the other end Nathan Neequaye had a couple of chances early on but it was third time lucky for him on 24 minutes as a flowing move down the left hand side saw interplay between Hirst and Bailey before the ball reached Neequaye who finished well. It was Neequaye who turned provider on the half hour as he controlled a poor clearance by Daniel Lever in the Robins goal and unselfishly passed to Bailey in the centre who had a straightforward finish from 6 yards out. Neequaye was enjoying his afternoon and had yet another contribution to make before half time. Another flowing move down the left, with Daley Rothwell prominent, led to a fine cross and Neequaye was well positioned near the penalty spot to give Lever no chance.
4-0 to the home side at half time and it could have been more.
The visitors battled hard in the second half but the chances continued to fall the way of the home side. Good movement by GNE and some confusion in defence by Wigan Robin Park led to chances for Chris Hirst, Bailey and Lee Blackshaw before it was Blackshaw in the 77th minute who latched on to a through ball from midfield. His well placed effort was too good for Lever and that was 5 for the Hillmen. The chances continued to come to GNE but that was the end of the scoring and a fine win for the home side which sent the supporters home happy but still wondering about the number of missed chances. For Wigan Robin Park they can credit themselves in playing the game in the right way but must be fervently hoping for a change of fortune soon.
ipsa scientia potestas est
GNE Team Proctor, Byrne, Bockarie, Lugsden, Young, Allen, Rothwell (Turner), Hirst (Bromilow), Bailey, Neequaye (Morris), Blackshaw
Nathan Neequaye sets up Tom Bailey for Glossop's 3rd goal. Photo - Steve Dyson
|20th August - Match Report by Stewart Taylor|
Glossop North End 1 West Didsbury & Chorlton 0
NWCFL Premier Division newcomers West Didsbury and Chorlton came to Surrey Street on Tuesday for their first ever visit having so far failed to register a League point this season but bolstered by a win in the FA Cup against Abbey Hey on Saturday. West were shorn of a number of first team regulars due to injuries and work commitments whereas the Hillmen were fielding a largely unchanged side.
The match started as many other GNE matches this season with the Hillmen forcing the pace from the start. Chris Hirst and Lee Blackshaw were both prominent early on with imaginative breaks from midfield forcing good defensive work from West’s back four. GNE had the ball in the net after only three minutes as a cross, following good work on the right by Blackshaw, found Nathan Neequaye in the area. His header was too much for the young West goalkeeper Ross Booth but the effort was chalked off as the assistant referee raised his flag for a disputed offside. Tom Bailey has scored most of the goals for GNE this season and he was close to adding to his tally after 8 minutes. Hirst forced his way into the West area, the ball fell for Bailey but his effort was cleared off the line.
Bailey did not have to wait too long before getting on the scoresheet. On 30 minutes a backpass to Booth put him under pressure, he fluffed his rushed clearance and Bailey was on hand to open the scoring with a shot from close range.
Half time came with West having had very few, even half, chances but the home side were only ahead by that single goal having failed to take advantage of a dominant display.
West started the second half with their best spell of the match but the game was lacking any continuity as numerous fouls were committed so breaking up any pattern of constructive play. The Hillmen were still creating chances and a couple were engineered for Bailey and Blackshaw but they both failed to convert. The match degenerated further into a physical battle with the home side keeping their discipline as West picked up a number of cautions ending with the sending off of defender Alex Baird. It was a nervous last few minutes for the home supporters as West tried to rescue something from the match but, in truth, Ben Proctor in the GNE goal was little troubled all night and the last chance of the game came when substitute Daley Rothwell forced his way into the box and won a corner. Nothing came of a short corner on the left hand side and that was that.
A disappointing match in terms of a spectacle but the Hillmen will savour the three points and look forward to the next match at home to Wigan Robin Park on Saturday.
constantia et virtute
GNE Team Proctor, Byrne, Bockarie, Lugsden, Young, Goodeve, Ellison (Allen), Hirst (Rothwell), Bailey, Neequaye, Blackshaw (James)
Lee Blackshaw attempts to get past a West Didsbury defender. Photo - Steve Dyson
|17th August - Match Report by Stewart Taylor|
Armthorpe Welfare 1 Glossop North End 4
The FA Cup starts early in the season for clubs on the lower slopes of the football pyramid and, just two weeks into the new season, Glossop North End found themselves facing the relatively unknown in the shape of Northern Counties East Premier Division side Armthorpe Welfare. This was the first encounter between the two clubs and is a function of Glossop being part of Derbyshire and tending to attract sides from the NCEL in the early rounds of both the FA Cup and the FA Vase. This is much to the delight of the GNE travelling support who like nothing better than to venture into pastures new.
The visitors started well and had a number of chances to open the scoring in the first 20 minutes. As early as the 3rd minute a ball played in from the right was met by Tom Bailey and his shot flashed inches over the bar with Richard Watson in the Armthorpe goal in no position to save the effort. Further pressure from GNE led to efforts by Dave Young, with a header from a right wing corner, and Chris Hirst, making his starting debut for the Hillmen, with a shot from inside the box, narrowly failing to give the visitors a deserved lead. The pressure on the Armthorpe goal paid off in the 23rd minute as Nathan Neequaye was played in by a fine ball from Chris Hirst. His shot was placed wide of Watson and just inside the far post to open the scoring. GNE had opportunities to increase their lead as the half continued but to no avail and the home side gradually worked their way back into the match. They had a good 10 minutes but it was the Hillmen who wrested back the initiative as further chances came in the last five minutes with both Hirst and Lee Morris coming close.
Half time came with GNE one goal to the good but having missed chances to make the game more secure.
Armthorpe started the second half brightly but without serious threat to Ben Proctor in the GNE goal until the 56th minute when winger Callum Smith cut into the penalty area and the tackle by Alex Byrne was adjudged to be a foul. Jonathan Mirfin stepped up to take the spot kick and converted well, giving Proctor no chance, to level the scores. The home side were having another good spell and GNE needed to respond quickly and they did. Five minutes later Lee Morris jinked his way past several defenders just outside the penalty box and beat Watson with a fine shot just inside his near post.
The usual flurry of substitutes seemed to affect the flow of the GNE play through midfield and there were enough anxious moments for the travelling supporters as the match entered its final phase. Tom Bailey had a one-on-one with Watson who saved well and the match was looking for all the world like a narrow victory for GNE as the 90 minute mark passed. However, there was just time for the visitors to make the scoreline comfortable as good work down the left by Nathan Neequaye saw a precise pass inside which was helped on by substitute Ryan Gorst to Bailey who did not miss the target this time. Bailey then returned the favour straight from the re-start as his cross from the right was met with a fine header by Neequaye to make the scoreline 4-1 to GNE at the end of the match.
Perhaps a flattering scoreline to the visitors in the end but GNE had certainly played the better football for much of the match and created the better chances thus thoroughly deserving of their victory and on to Runcorn Town in the next round in a fortnight’s time.
faber est quisque fortunae suae
GNE Team Proctor, Byrne, Bockarie, Lugsden, Young, Goodeve, Ellison (Gorst), Hirst (Rothwell), Bailey, Morris (Allen), Neequaye
Nathan Neequaye heads Glossop 4th goal at Armthorpe. Photo - Steve Dyson
|13th August - Match Report by Stewart Taylor|
Glossop North End 0 Maine Road 1
The Surrey Street regulars can’t really work out what is happening to their team this season. With a complete change in the management and more new players than old, the results are looking to be depressingly similar to last season. A win away at Winsford United is the only positive in the results column with the other League matches so far this season all having been lost by the odd goal. However, the standard of football is high, the work through midfield has been generally slick and precise, the defence looks solid and well organised, the work ethic is good, the spirits are buoyant but, despite the efforts of the returning Tom Bailey, goals are sadly lacking. In summary, the supporters have been treated to some very good quality matches against tough opposition so far this season but face an anxious time waiting and hoping for a change of fortune to convert good performances into positive results.
Maine Road made their annual visit to Surrey Street on Tuesday on something of a high. Despite losing 6 first team regulars during the summer, not least Tom Bailey and Sam Hare to GNE, they topped the fledgling NWCFL Premier Division table with nine points from a possible nine.
The match started in something of a frantic fashion with the visitors looking to get forward quickly at every opportunity. After ten minutes of non-stop action the match began to settle with the home side playing some positive controlled football but, with ex-Hillman Richard Gresty and the ever reliable Josh Gittings both playing well in the heart of the Maine Road defence, GNE were restricted to half chances. The visitors also had a couple of chances and Ben Proctor in the GNE goal needed to be alert to save from Saul Henderson as the ball came into the area from the left.
Honours even on the scoreboard at half time with the home side having had the better of the half but not finding that crucial route to goal.
Chris Hirst came on at the beginning of the second half as a substitute for the lively Lee Morris and the half started much as the first had with the match being played at a high tempo. Again the pace settled and the home side again looked to control proceedings through midfield but chances were still few and far between as the Road defence remained resolute despite Gresty picking up a knock half way through the half. Road midfielder Andy Kilheeney started to influence the match in a very positive way. Covering every blade of grass he prodded and probed and was the catalyst for the best spell of the match by the visitors.
As the half wore on it became a very even contest with the visitors creating perhaps the better of the chances. Substitute Rick Williams could have considered himself unfortunate as his piledriver of a shot from distance was cleared off the line by Alex Byrne covering back. Into the last five minutes and both sides were still striving for that, so far, elusive goal. Henderson went close for the visitors on 90 minutes but a draw was looking almost certain. The action continued and it was Maine Road who eventually broke the deadlock deep into injury time as the ball fell for Martin Hill 15 yards out and his powerful volley gave Proctor no chance.
There was no time left for GNE to respond and the general feeling among supporters of both sides leaving the ground was that a draw would have been a fair result and that they had been treated to a match of high standard. Good entertainment for the neutral but little consolation for the Hillmen.
crede quod habes, et habes
GNE Team Proctor, Byrne, Bockarie, Lugsden, Young, Allen (Ellison), Rothwell (Neequaye), Goodeve, Bailey, Morris (Hirst C.), Blackshaw.
Lee Morris runs at the Maine Road defence in the first half. Photo - Stuart Dyson
|10th August - Match Report by Stewart Taylor|
Runcorn Linnets 2 Glossop North End 1
This early season encounter between two of the teams described by many as contenders for the NWCFL this season went the way of the home team but it was a close run thing. Linnets came into the match on the back of two good wins and for GNE it was an opportunity to consolidate on a good midweek performance away at Winsford United.
The Hillmen almost took the lead within the first minute as Harry Bockarie took the ball forward and crossed well. The ball was controlled by Tom Bailey to Jordan Goodeve but his goal-bound shot was well saved by Andy Robertson in the Linnets goal. The match settled and the home side started to create some chances. In the 9th minute a long range shot by Linnets playmaker Matt Cross flew just wide of Ben Proctor’s left hand upright. 2 minutes later it was the home side looking dangerous again as a corner from the left swung in by Cross created a scramble in the GNE area with the home players and supporters claiming that the ball had crossed the line. The officials were unmoved and the match continued.
With GNE sitting back and conceding possession to the Linnets in their own half, it was likely to be from breakaways that any success for the Hillmen would come and that was the case on 17 minutes. Bailey picked up the ball wide on the right and forced the ball into the net from the narrowest of angles with Robertson anticipating a cross. Three goals in three matches for the GNE striker and 1-0 to the visitors in this match. One or two further half chances came to both sides but it was the visitors who went into half time in the happier frame of mind.
As in the first half in was the Hillmen who were quickest off the blocks as the second half got underway. The returning Kelvin Lugsden played the ball forward for Bailey. The ball went via Lee Morris and Jordan Goodeve to Lee Blackshaw who will have been disappointed by his effort on goal. On 56 minutes GNE had a golden opportunity to double their lead as a poor back pass was latched onto by Bailey. His attempt to round the goalkeeper was foiled by a good effort from Robertson. The ball fell for Morris but his effort from a tight angle was just wide.
Linnets then started to control the game a little better in midfield and showed some good touches as pressure began to mount on the GNE back line. The home side were much more alert in the 63rd minute as the ball drifted out for a throw in down the left hand side. Martin Crowder found Chris Lomax with the GNE defence caught napping and Lomax’s excellent shot looped over Proctor and nestled in the far corner of the net to equalise the score.
GNE went looking for the goal which would restore their lead but were thwarted by the efforts of the big Linnets central defenders. The significant incident of the match came with only four minutes to play as the ball broke out from the Hillmen defence and was returned with interest by Lomax as his fine shot from outside the area found the bottom left hand corner. The visitors threw on GavinLee Ellison and Chris Hirst for their debuts in an effort to get back into the match. The last throw of the dice came deep in injury time as Proctor joined the rest of the GNE side in the Linnets area for a free kick from the right. Robertson collected the free kick under considerable pressure and that was that. A home victory made it three out of three this season for the Linnets. For GNE there were a lot of positives to take from this match into the midweek encounter at home to unbeaten Maine Road at Surrey Street on Tuesday.
non est ad astra mollis e terris via
GNE: Proctor, Byrne, Bockarie, Lugsden, Adams, Allen, Rothwell (Ellison), Goodeve (Hirst), Bailey, Morris (Neequaye), Blackshaw.
Tom Bailey of Glossop puts the Runcorn defence under pressure in the first half. Photo - Stuart Dyson
|6th August - Match Report by Stewart Taylor|
Winsford United 0 Glossop North End 3
Somewhat contrasting fortunes had favoured these sides in the first matches of the new season last Saturday. Winsford had recorded a fine 3-1 away win at Wigan Robin Park whereas the Hillmen were the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline at home to Ashton Athletic. Expectations amongst a healthy mid-week crowd were high as the home side looked to consolidate that first win and the visitors in need of a change of fortune.
The match started at high tempo with the youthful Winsford side closing down any space rapidly. The Hillmen began to exert some control in midfield but it was not until the 14th minute that the first significant action came. Poor defending from a corner, swung in from the left by Jordan Goodeve, allowed Dave Young the simplest of finishes at the far post to open the scoring.
GNE then looked to press home their advantage and the remainder of the first half was a story of missed chances by the visitors and, at times, heroic goalkeeping by Andrew Jones in the home net. 1-0 to the Hillmen at half-time with everyone around the ground thinking that a 5-0 margin would have been an accurate reflection of the play.
The Hillmen started the second half with a changed formation but no change in personnel. At times it looked to be something like a 3-6-1 formation with Tom Bailey leading the attack and Lincoln Adams, Dave Young and Harry Bockarie making up the back three. Initially it was one way traffic again with the visitors making all of the play but the Blues of Winsford started to come back into the match and were having a decent spell until the only real bit of controversy in the match. On 72 minutes a shot from Bailey, after good work on the left by Lee Blackshaw, beat Jones and the celebrations started only to be curtailed by a flag from the assistant referee. The referee and his assistant consulted and the goal stood, much to the disappointment of the home side. It was later explained that the assistant flagged because he was unsure if Lee Morris, who was in an offside position, had touched the ball or not. The referee confirmed that he had not so the goal stood – good officiating.
The game continued to be played mainly in the home half and the result was assured courtesy of the best goal of the match in the 84th minute. A precise through ball from Daley Rothwell found Morris one-on-one with Jones. Morris calmly rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home from a narrow angle.
The match then faded away to a conclusion and a most satisfactory conclusion for the visitors. Winsford have much work to do to mould a new, young, side that have had little preparation time, into a well functioning unit. For GNE , there are some stern challenges ahead but this victory will have given them a lot of confidence.
Qui audet adipiscitur.
GNE Team: Proctor, Byrne, Bockarie, Young, Adams, Allen, Rothwell (Turner), Goodeve, Bailey (James), Neequaye (Morris), Blackshaw
|3rd August - Match Report by Stewart Taylor|
Glossop North End 1 Ashton Athletic 2
There is an old saying in football that it is “goals that count” and that was, as ever, the story at Surrey Street on Saturday but by no means the whole story.
With a new management team, many new players and a successful pre-season, hopes were high at GNE as the new North West Counties League started with the visit of the “Yellows” from Ashton Athletic. The visitors were also much changed from last season with a new manager in Jay Foulds who had brought many of his young side from Wigan Robin Park to play in the Yellow of Ashton Athletic.
A good crowd saw the match kick off in bright sunlight with a strong westerly breeze moderating the temperature. The home side were in the ascendancy with good passing and movement through midfield but no real clear cut chances on goal. It was against the run of play as Athletic midfielder Joe Hull was fouled in the box by a combination of GNE defenders. Captain Steve Latham made no mistake from the penalty spot to give the visitors the lead.
Into the second half and the game started to open up just a little as the Hillmen pressed forward looking to find the finishing touch to some constructive midfield play. On 58 minutes Tom Bailey, on his return to Surrey Street after a couple of seasons away, was put in on goal by a clever free kick but his effort was well saved by Foulds in the Yellows goal. Two minutes later it was Bailey again who got on the end of a fine cross from the left and converted confidently to equalise the scores.
At this point there looked to be only one winner as the home side continued to force the game in their opponents half in search of further goals. Captain Lincoln Adams went close with a header which came back off the bar but it was the visitors who scored next to regain the lead. A poor clearance from defence fell for James Lawrence-Forbes who had time and space to knock the ball into the unguarded GNE net.
GNE introduced Lee Morris and Nathan James from the subs bench and set to the task of getting back on level terms again but the Yellows defence, lead by the impressive Luke Holden, were determined not to be outdone. Daley Rothwell went closest for the Hillmen in the last few minutes as his stinging shot was well dealt with by Foulds down to his right.
Overall, a good performance from a young visiting team but the better football was played by the Hillmen. The home supporters would have been disappointed with the result but a penalty and a defensive howler made the difference on the score sheet. Nil desperandum!
GNE Team: Proctor, Byrne, Bockarie, Young, Adams, Allen, Rothwell (James), Goodeve (Morris), Bailey, Neequaye (Moore), Blackshaw.
Lincoln Adams of Glossop heads towards the Ashton goal, but is denied by the cross bar. Photo - Stuart Dyson
Cefn Druids 2 Glossop North End 4
Tom Bailey get behind the Druids defence to score his 2nd goal and give Glossop a 3-2 lead. Photo - Steve Dyson