Glossop North End 1, Maine Road 4
AN EXPERIENCED Maine Road side proved too much for Glossop North End in Tuesday night’s North West Counties League Premier Division clash at Surrey Street.
The visitors started the match on the front foot, and within the first minute Ashley Hall in the Glossop goal tipped a screamer of a shot over the bar.
The Hillmen struggled to compete in midfield with the lively Maine Road outfit, who received due reward on ten minutes when Martin Hill headed firmly past Hall.
Further reward for their workrate came just ten minutes later when the Hillmen’s defence failed to clear in the box and Maine Road full-back Josh Gittings calmly converted.
The hosts tried hard to compete with some good movement forward from the lively Sam Marshall, however when Glossop lost the ball in midfield on 36 minutes a through ball to ex-Hillman Tom Bailey gave him the opportunity to increase the visitor’s lead, which he did with ease.
The second half started much the same as the first with striker Tom Bentham screwing a shot wide for the visitors.
Marshall continued to show well for Glossop and a long run from midfield was only ended by a foul on the edge of the box by Maine Road midfielder Andrew Kilheeney. Unfortunately for the Hillmen, the resulting free-kick by Adam Oakes came to nothing.
At 3-0 up, Maine Road were well in control and showing some good passing skills as Glossop tried to chase the game.
On 65 minutes influential Maine Road midfielder, and leading goalscorer, Matthew Warburton was allowed to run across the edge of the Glossop penalty area and given time to shoot past Hall from 18 yards to make it 4-0.
As for much of the evening, Marshall continued to trouble the Maine Road defence with some mazy runs. In the 87th minute he was at it again and his run towards goal was only stopped by a foul inside the penalty area. Up stepped Oakes to convert the resulting penalty.
A disappointing result for the Glossop faithful, but Maine Road were good value for their win on the night.