Hillmen miss chance to close gap at the top

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

Glossop North End missed the chance to gain ground on their rival title contenders after drawing 1-1 with Alsager Town at a chilly Surrey Street on Saturday.

An Adam Oakes wonder strike was cancelled out by Alsager’s Chris Smith in the second half.

The game was to go ahead as planned after the pitch passed numerous pitch inspections, but the grounds staff were unable to prevent the Alsager team getting stuck in traffic and the supporters were forced to wait an additional 30 minutes before kick-off.

When the game kicked off, the first half certainly wasn’t worth the wait for the Surrey Street faithful. Very few chances arose for either side with the best opportunity falling to Jay Gorton at the end of the half but the unmarked midfielder was unable to direct his effort on target from six yards out.

The match sparked into life in the second half and Oakes, with manager Paul Colgan’s team talk still ringing in his ears, opened the scoring minutes after the interval.

Oakes collected a poor clearance from Alsager goalkeeper Tom Harrison 35 yards out, took a touch and floated the ball over Harrison’s head from range.

The Hillmen were close to conceding an immediate equaliser but captain Gorton was on hand to clear Smith’s effort off the line.

Gorton was unable to prevent Smith’s inevitable equaliser however. The Alsager striker broke clear of the Glossop defence and side-footed home into the bottom corner of Ben Proctor’s goal.

It was a disappointing result for the Hillmen who were looking to apply pressure on the top teams in the North West Counties League and will now be looking for all three points against Congleton Town on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).