North West Counties League Premier Division
Runcorn Town 2, Glossop North End 3
REVENGE is a dish best served cold, and the Hillmen served up a thrilling 3-2 victory over Runcorn Town at a bitterly cold Pavilions Stadium on Saturday.
A memorable 90th-minute winner from Sam Hind gave North End victory over the side that had dumped them out of the FA Vase seven days earlier.
It was an eventful first half for North End goalkeeper Steve Dryden who gave away two penalties within the space of ten minutes. The first penalty was given when Dryden brought down Mark Keddie after the midfielder poked the ball away from Glossop keeper. Leading goal-scorer James McShane dispatched the penalty expertly to Dryden’s left.
The second penalty was won by Paul Shanley after being brought down in similar circumstances by Dryden. McShane stepped up once again but Dryden guessed correctly and palmed the ball away.
The Hillmen struggled to create chances but looked increasingly threatening as the game progressed.
Marcus Morrison came on in the second half and within ten minutes he grabbed an equaliser for North End. A Jay Gorton header was parried away from Karl Wills and Morrison was on hand to bundle home for his first goal this season.
Runcorn looked to have secured all three points when McShane volleyed home in the 81st minute after Jason Carey found him in the area, but Morrison pulled the scores level for the second time in the 88th minute when he diverted home an Adam Oakes corner at the near post.
With the game poised at 2-2, it looked like the two teams would share the points but an unusually subdued Hind produced a wonderful strike to give all three points to the Hillmen. Captain Gorton nodded it down to Hind and the striker controlled the ball before lashing it into the top corner from outside the area.
Glossop are now fifth in the league table with games in hand over teams above them, and face third-placed Barnoldswick Town at Surrey Street on Saturday.