Hillmen’s league cup campaign halted at first hurdle

NWCFL Cup

Barnoldswick Town 4, Glossop North End 2 (aet, 2-2 after 90 minutes)

THIS match could be considered excellent entertainment for the neutral - and a heartbreaker for Glossop supporters.

The Hillmen started brightly, and after only two minutes a cross from Marshall found Nick Allen in the centre but the midfielder skied his effort on goal.

The Barnoldswick defence insisted on trying to play out of defence and this caught them out on nine minutes as a mis-controlled ball by Bill Williams allowed the prolific Mark Battersby a run on goal and he coolly beat goalkeeper Marko Marosi to open the scoring.

The Hillmen’s continued dominance paid off on 32 minutes when a strong run down the left by Nathan Bond ended with him calmly placing his shot wide of Marosi into the far corner of the net.

Barnoldswick started the second half with renewed energy and pulled a goal back in the 61st minute when forward Mark Threlfall followed up a shot which had been well-saved by Ben Proctor.

The hosts continued to press and were rewarded in the 80th minute when Neil Chapman was well-positioned at the near post to flick in a corner from the left and level the score.

Barnoldswick remained in the ascendancy as the game entered extra-time and a fine save from Proctor, from a shot by Paul Fildes, was followed by a last-ditch tackle by Danny Browne as Threlfall lined up to shoot, before Fildes ran onto a pass from Threlfall to beat Proctor from inside the box.

The second period of extra-time followed the pattern of the first and Barnoldswick finished the game off in style with Threlfall converting well when given too much time in the area.

Glossop: Proctor, Williams (Rothwell), Browne, Jones, Lugsden, Allen, Marshall (McGregor), Oakes, Bond (Gamble), Battersby, Connolly.