Hillmen’s magnificent seven

NWCFL Premier Division: Glossop North End 7, Flixton 1

GLOSSOP North End romped to victory in an enthralling game after coming from behind to beat Flixton 7-1 at Surrey Street on Wednesday night.

Six second-half goals, including a brace from centre-back Josh Hill, helped the Hillmen send shockwaves across the league and leapfrog their opponents into joint second place.

It was the visitors who opened the scoring with their only goal of the night. Andrew Keogh lashed home a half-volley from outside the box and the effort left Joe Boyle rooted to the spot.

North End were not disheartened however, immediately going on the offensive, and Alex Elliot saw his headed effort easily saved. The equaliser came courtesy of Steve Heaton from the right-wing. An Adam Oakes scuffed shot couldn’t be held by James Jowsie and Heaton cut inside and side-footed the ball home.

Hill must have had an extra orange at half time as the start of the second half turned into ‘the Josh Hill show’. The defender rose above the Flixton defence to head home a superb Heaton cross.

Hill then found himself on defence duty shortly after the restart, clearing a ball off the line that had already beaten Boyle in the Glossop goal.

The centre-back hadn’t finished there as a carbon copy of the second goal led to the Hillmen’s third, this time clipping the underside of the bar.

Another excellent set-piece from Heaton exploited the Flixton defence and led to the fourth which effectively finished the game. Heaton’s cross this time met by a glancing header from captain Jay Gorton.

The Flixton defence were now in pieces and North End were finding time and space in the box. Sam Hind did well to poke past Jowsie and win a penalty which was expertly converted by Oakes.

Things went from bad to worse for the away side as last man Daniel McDonnell was sent off for bringing down an energetic Rob Hartshorne who was much too quick for the defender. The resulting free-kick saw substitute Lee Knowles nod the ball in after Jowsie couldn’t handle Oakes’ effort.

With the Flixton defence in tatters, Elliot saw his opportunity to get his name on the score-sheet and slotted the ball into an empty net after rounding Jowsie in the Flixton goal.

The Hillmen will now take great confidence into their next game, which is away to Bacup Borough at the Brian Boys West View Stadium on Saturday.