Disappointment for Hillmen as winning run ends

North West Counties League Premier Division

Colne 3, Glossop North End 1

GLOSSOP’S three-match winning run came to a halt at Colne on Saturday.

Playing up the slope, North End made a bright start and winger Ben Connolly hit the bar inside two minutes with a long-range header, but this sprung Colne into action and James Corken immediately headed the home side ahead.

Defensive frailties on 13 minutes led to a speculative attempt from Paul Fildes that bounced high several times before evading everyone as it crossed the goal-line to double Colne’s lead.

Moments later, the away fans were given some hope as Dean McGregor forced his way through the defence to register his first goal of the campaign.

A combination of the crossbar, goalkeeper Proctor and a Nick Allen goal-line clearance denied Colne a third goal before half-time.

With the downhill slope to their advantage in the second half, it was hoped the Hillmen would exploit the pace of their wingers to unlock the Colne defence.

However, all too often they resorted to long-ball tactics which never troubled the tall Colne defenders.

Glossop had a strong penalty claim for a foul on Connolly waved away, before a flowing move led to a sweeping ball to the back post which was headed home unchallenged by Jason Hart to seal the win on 79 minutes.

The Hillmen now turn their attention to Saturday’s all-important FA Vase Second Qualifying Round match against Winsford United. Kick-off at Surrey Street is 3pm.

* Last Tuesday evening, winger Ben Connolly was on target as Glossop beat Wigan Robin Park 1-0 at Surrey Street.