Hillmen aim to bounce back after suffering Bank Holiday blues

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

GLOSSOP North End have now taken only a solitary point from a possible six over the festive period after a 1-0 defeat to Alsager Town on Bank Holiday Monday.

The Hillmen were looking for a victory after only managing a draw with Maine Road in the last game but were frustrated by a well-organised Alsager side who took all three points courtesy of a James Marrow second half goal.

Chances were few and far between for both sides in the game and some of Glossop’s best opportunities arose in the first half. Sam Hind latched onto a ball over the top of the Alsager defence but could only fire his shot over from a tight angle.

Alex Elliot also had a chance to open the scoring for the away side when a quick free-kick by Adam Oakes led to Elliot finding himself with the keeper to beat but the striker could only produce a good save from Tom Harrison in the Alsager goal.

Town also had opportunities to get on the score-sheet in the first half. Anthony Marshal sliced the ball wide of Ben Proctor’s goal after he had found himself space inside the area.

Ten minutes after the interval, Alsager scored the only goal of the game when the ball was played across the box and Marshal had a simple tap-in. The Glossop players were adamant that Marshal was in an off-side position with Oakes leading the shouts but the officials waved away the appeals.

The Glossop supporters were enduring the cold at The Town Ground but their side was turning up the heat as they pushed for an equalising goal. It looked like North End had found a leveller when a scramble in the box led to three missed chances from close range. Steve Heaton flashed a shot across goal, Elliot couldn’t divert his effort goal-wards and Hind fired wide from the rebound.

A frustrating afternoon was capped for the Hillmen when a goal-bound header was cleared off the line with the final touch of the game before the referee blew his whistle for full-time.

Glossop now face a tricky trip to Silsden on Saturday in a game that is crucial for North End if they want to stay within touching distance of the top of the table.