NWCFL Premier Division: St Helens Town 2, Glossop North End 5
WITH the Hillmen looking more likely to mount a title challenge, they boosted their chances by overcoming St Helens Town 5-2 at a damp Edge Green Street Stadium on Saturday.
Goals from Alex Elliot, Sam Hind, Darren Hamilton and two from Jay Gorton settled it for Glossop, who now sit three points behind the leaders with three games in hand.
The game began well for the Hillmen, asserting their dominance on the game early, and the away side was rewarded early with a goal for Hamilton. Hind broke clear of the defence on the left and slid a ball into Hamilton who side-footed past Nicholas Jackson in the St Helens goal.
Teams are most vulnerable just after scoring a goal, but not North End on this occasion, doubling their lead within a minute. Hamilton turned provider with a delightful back heel to a grateful Elliot who slotted the ball into the far corner.
Glossop then went into cruise control and paid the price, conceding only minutes before half-time courtesy of a Carl Addison penalty.
North End entered the dressing room frustrated at letting the opposition back into the game and came out after the interval looking to close the game out.
A third goal did come for Glossop and it came from Hind. The striker controlled a Steve Heaton cross in the box, swivelled, and his scuffed shot crept over the line via the post. It was Hind’s third goal in as many games for the prolific striker.
Not wanting to miss out on the action, Gorton grabbed two second-half goals to secure the game and become North End’s joint top goal-scorer.
The midfielder found himself unmarked in the six-yard box and headed home a Heaton cross. Gorton’s second goal came after a scramble in the box, the captain poking the ball home from close range.
Glossop now face a top-of-the-table clash away to Flixton on Wednesday night, where the Hillmen will face a rigorous test of their title credentials.