Glossop North End 1, Runcorn Town 2
IT WILL be Runcorn Town in the draw for the next round of the FA Vase after overcoming Glossop 2-1 at a bitterly cold Surrey Street.
Jay Gorton opened the scoring for the Hillmen, but two goals in the second half from Scott Burton and James McShane sent Town one step closer to Wembley.
The game began well for the home side with Glossop enjoying the majority of possession. North End made it pay on 13 minutes when captain Gorton converted Steve Heaton’s flicked-on corner at the back post.
Glossop continued their dominance throughout the first half but failed to convert any of the opportunities that arose. Chances came and went for the Hillmen with both Alex Elliot and Sam Hind seeing efforts fall the wrong side of the post.
Runcorn nearly levelled the scores on the stroke of half-time after Jason Carey capitalised on a mix-up between Ashley Frith and Kelvin Lugsden. The striker poked the ball goal-wards before Frith had time to gather, but Carey’s effort rolled agonisingly wide of an empty goal.
Town were a much changed side after the interval but Glossop were once again left ruing missed chances when Elliot failed to test Karl Wills in the Runcorn goal with two free headers. The away side were level only minutes later when an adventurous Burton’s sweetly struck ball from 30 yards beat Frith at his near post.
Glossop were visibly rocked by the equaliser and conceded a second seven minutes later when Frith once again failed to communicate with his defenders. Frith was unable to collect a ball over the top of the North End defence and leading goalscorer McShane nipped between Frith and Lee McGregor to put his team in the lead.
With Wembley becoming increasingly distant for the Hillmen, they committed men forward looking for a last-gasp leveller. The most clear-cut chance fell to Hind after being put through one-on-one with Wills but the Runcorn keeper saved well from the Glossop striker.
There were jubilant scenes from the Runcorn players and management alike upon the final whistle, but the Hillmen have the chance of immediate revenge as the two sides meet in the league on Saturday.