Comfortable win lifts the Hillmen out of drop zone

Vodkat Premier Division

Alsager Town 0, Glossop North End 2

The Hillmen defeated a beaten and bruised Alsager Town on Saturday to leapfrog them in the league table.

The 2-0 victory at The Town Ground means North End are now clear of the relegation zone with games in hand over the teams around them.

Glossop were expected to bring back the three points to Surrey Street as Alsager have been going through problems of late.

Only two weeks ago their manager and assistant resigned from the club with the majority of the squad following suit and Alsager had to name 22 new squad players last week.

The Bullets didn’t show signs that they had taken a shot to their confidence as they dominated the opening stages of play but failed to create any real opportunities.

Their dominance was short-lived however as North End got a grip on the game. Jay Gorton began to control the midfield and his crosses caused problems for the Alsager defence, including one that fell to Darren Hamilton but he could only fire wide.

Gorton was involved again only minutes later when his penalty appeal was turned down by the referee. After beating one of the Alsager defenders, Gorton was met by a strong challenge but his cries for a penalty were waved away.

The Hillmen had opportunities to open the scoring in the first half when Luke Pearson pulled the ball back for Adam Oakes but his shot was easily saved by the Alsager keeper.

Hamilton then had his second chance of the game when he found himself with time and space in the six-yard box but the Alsager keeper closed the angle down well.

It was from 35 yards out, and in the 35th minute, when the deadlock was broken. Oakes picked the ball up in midfield and, after creating a few yards of space, he swung his magical left foot at it and before the keeper had time to blink, the ball had nestled into the top corner of the net.

The scores may have been level going into half-time but for a goal-line block from Matt Clarke. A ball was swung over that Jon McIlwaine failed to deal with and Clarke slid in to stop a certain tap-in.

North End doubled their lead shortly after the interval as Gorton was once again involved. A corner from Oakes was swung in towards the back post and Gorton headed the ball downwards. The Alsager defence failed to clear and a grateful Luke Pearson smashed the ball home from a few yards out.

Alsager then went on the offensive but the Glossop defence, including an impressive debutant Daniel Broome at left-back, held firm and the Hillmen held on for the victory.

The win was a comfortable one in the end for North End who will turn their attentions to a busy schedule to come.