Woodley Sports 3, Glossop North End 0
WITH the High Peak Cup final approaching, Glossop North End prepared for the match by facing an under-strength Woodley Sports team last Thursday.
Although the Hillmen were defeated 3-0 by the Evo-Stik First Division North side, there were positives for Paul Colgan’s men. Joe Boyle, goalkeeper for North End, made an array of saves to keep the score respectable.
The game began well for Woodley as they dominated possession, taking advantage of their home astro-turf pitch.
The breakthrough came for the home side on 30 minutes when poor marking by the Glossop defence led to a free header, and Boyle was only a bystander as the ball flew past him into the net.
The Hillmen rarely threatened the opposition goal in the first half, an Adam Oakes free-kick being the only effort to test the Woodley goalkeeper.
North End looked more threatening in the second half but Woodley doubled their advantage shortly after the interval. Josh Hills backed off the Woodley striker who curled it around Hills into the corner of Boyle’s net.
Matthew Ince replaced an impressive Boyle and the replacement keeper found it difficult to adapt to the conditions of the pitch. Ince allowed a cross to sneak in at his near post for Woodley’s third of the night.
Glossop can now focus their attentions on the important clash against Buxton in the High Peak Cup final on Wednesday evening at the Silverlands (kick-off 7.45pm), when manager Colgan will be looking for his first silverware as manger of the Hillmen.