Double blow for North End’s title credentials

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North West Counties League Premier Division: Silsden 1, Glossop North End 0

THIS surprise defeat in Yorkshire on Saturday saw Glossop North End’s title credentials take a blow.

It might have been different had Sam Hind taken a third-minute opportunity when a quick free-kick put him clear, but his attempted lob went over the bar.

Silsden were causing headaches for the Glossop back four with their willing runners up front providing outlets for direct balls.

McEneaney, Nettleton and Palfrey all had half chances that went the wrong side of the post while Jason Gorton cleared a Palfrey shot off the line.

Glossop created too though, and Oakes’ free-kick was tipped over the bar by James Mann, while the goalkeeper again saved brilliantly from Chetcuti, diving full length to push his six-yard swivel shot around the post.

The goal came in the 36th minute, and again it was a direct ball that allowed Palfrey to get behind the Glossop defence. While they claimed offside, Palfrey slipped the ball past Proctor.

Chetcuti and Gorton were providing North End’s main threat and the former did well to jink past three players only to shoot weakly at the keeper before the break, although he forced another diving save from Mann into the second half with a shot from the edge of the box that took a firm hand to push wide.

Gorton, meanwhile, hit the bar with a header from a throw in.

But as the game went on, Glossop ran out of inspiration, and chances fell more to the home side as Proctor was forced into a number of saves from Palfrey in particular.

There were a couple in injury time from the very top drawer, including when the striker shot with fierce pace from six yards but Proctor not only saved, but held the shot.

* North End’s title bid suffered a further blow on Tuesday night as they went down 2-1 at basement club Atherton LR. Steve Heaton equalised early in the second half for Glossop after Luke Gibson had given the home side the advantage, but Chris Lomax found the target three minutes before full-time to give Atherton a shock win.