Hillmen exit cup following defeat at lower-league Eccleshall

NWCFL League Challenge Cup

Eccleshall 1, Glossop North End 0

GLOSSOP North End crashed out of another cup competition after losing 1-0 to Eccleshall on Saturday.

A slice of luck helped Eccleshall to an unlikely victory, with North End now left to focus on the league.

The game began well for the Hillmen with the away side looking threatening from set plays. Glossop had a succession of eight corners in a row but were unable to convert any of their chances.

The most clear-cut chance in the first half fell to experienced striker Darren Hamilton, but he had little time to react to a Sam Hind drilled cross and the ball went over the bar.

It was a game of very few chances and Eccleshall had an opportunity before the interval to open the scoring but Josh Lane scuffed his shot wide.

The deadlock was broken just after half-time through Lane. The striker’s 25-yard free-kick found the back of Ashley Firth’s net via a wicked deflection off the wall. It was the only goal of the game and was against the run of play.

The Hillmen refused to give up and continued to push for an equaliser. Glossop were abnormally sloppy in the final third and could conjure very few goal-mouth chances. Nick Allen had the most clear-cut opportunity to clinch a deserved leveller but could only divert his free header wide of the net.

North End will be disappointed to exit another cup competition so early on, but must now turn their attentions back to the league as they face a tough trip to Winsford United tonight (Tuesday).