Glossop NE chairman says team’s spirit could land them treble

Glossop NE celebrate with boss Chris Willcock.
Glossop NE celebrate with boss Chris Willcock.

Glossop North End chairman Dave Atkinson says the team’s fighting spirit could deliver them a treble this season.

The Hillmen are just two games from Wembley after last weekend’s extra-time win over Shaw Lane Aquaforce in the FA Vase sixth round replay.

That sets up a two-legged semi-final with Cornwall-based St Austell (first leg away on March 21, home leg on March 28).

North End are also in the last four of the League Cup, while they are still in with an outside chance of promotion from the North West Counties Premier.

Reflecting on the Vase exploits, Atkinson says the team never knows when it is beaten.

“It was a sweet victory and a great day for the club all-round,” said Atkinson.

“Everyone chipped in, there was over 1,000 in the ground and it had a good ending.

“Shaw Lane played well but wilted.

“We got two but could’ve really had three or four.

“That’s typical of the side though; they keep going right until the end.

“We’re in the Vase semi-final, we’ve got a League Cup sem-final and we’re pushing for top spot in the league so it’s all good.”

Boss Chris Willcock has travelled down to Cornwall this week to take in a game of their Vase opponents.

“Chris is so dedicated. He’s done a great job,” said Atkinson.

“The training is hard and he requires full commitment from the players, otherwise they’re out.”

When asked which he would prefer - Vase glory at Wembley or promotion to the Evo-Stik leagues - Atkinson insists North End can achieve both.

He added: “It’s hard to turn down winning the league - so I’d have to settle for the double or even treble!