NWCFL Premier Division: Glossop North End 0, Padiham 0
THE HILLMEN hit a stumbling block in their attempts to ascend the North West Counties Football League as they were unable to break down a resilient Padiham side on Saturday.
North End could only take a point from a game of few chances and the score finished 0-0 at a rain-soaked Surrey Street.
Shots on goal were few and far between in the first half. Alex Elliot went close with a header, before the most clear-cut chance of the afternoon fell to Adam Oakes. Rob Hartshorne squared the ball to Oakes on the edge of the six-yard box but the experienced midfielder could only find the outstretched palm of Sean Davis in the Padiham goal, his save being by far the best moment of the match.
Joe Boyle was also showing his agility, saving well from Jordan Hulme on numerous occasions, including a low, hard shot from outside the box. Hulme also went close with a deflected shot that went just past the post.
The tempo of the game was much improved in the second half but the nets at both ends remained empty, Boyle tipping one onto the bar and Lee McGregor clearing an effort off the line being the only highlights for a drenched Surrey Street crowd.
Both sides pushed for a late winner as the rain bounced off the turf but neither side could find the final ball to break down the opposition defence and the game finished goalless.
Glossop now lie sixth in the table with ten points from a possible 15, and will be looking to improve their tally when they take on Flixton at Surrey Street on Wednesday night.