Hillmen all set for season opener

Glossop North End start their season on Saturday.
Glossop North End start their season on Saturday.

Glossop North End begin their 2014-15 North West Counties Premier Division campaign on Saturday with a trip to Bacup & Rossendale.

Chris Willcock would ideally have liked his side to have had more minutes on the pitch though, with his team only playing five out of a projected seven pre-season friendlies.

That is because their planned fixture against Stockport County, scheduled for earlier this week, was called off last-minute.

Added to the lost fixture against Ossett Town, that was postponed due to a waterlogged Surrey Street, and Willcock’s team have missed out on three hours’ worth of football ahead of Saturday’s kick-off.

Their final friendly was last Saturday when they went down 2-1 at Spennymoor Town.

Spennymoor opened the scoring after just 12 minutes when a cross was pulled back for Liam Henderson, who fired home into the corner past North End’s goalkeeper Greg Hall.

The hosts continued to have the lion’s share of possession but failed to add to their tally.

This came back to haunt them when Hillmen’s Aaron Moxon was allowed to break from midfield and plant his shot into the bottom corner.

Moments later and the hosts scored what turned out to be the winner when substitute Dan Taylor was upended inside the area.

A penalty was awarded and Taylor duly blasted the ball beyond Hall.

Two days prior, GNE recorded a 2-1 win over Stalybridge Celtic, thanks to an own goal and a strike from Sam Hind.

The results mean Willcock’s side finish pre-season with two wins (Stalybridge, Irlam), two losses (Spennymoor, Emley) and a draw (Widnes).

Willcock will now be looking for his side to follow up their 2013-14 campaign, when they finished third in the table and reached the Derbyshire Senior Cup Final thanks to their impressive brand of football.