Last-minute heartache as Hillmen go unrewarded

Vodkat Premier Division

Glossop North End 1

Maine Road 2

Glossop North End faced Maine Road on Saturday in a match that both teams needed to win.

A league-high attendance of 207 saw Maine Road take the lead against the run of play. The Glossop defence failed to clear a ball lofted over the top to Matt Stuminskyj, who was able to stroke it past Jon McIlwaine at his near post.

North End continued to attack and were rewarded ten minutes later when good work by Rob Hartshorne earned the home side a penalty. Hartshorne turned in the box and was tripped by the outstretched leg of the defender. Dave Morris rarely misses from the penalty spot and once again didn’t fail to score from 12 yards.

There were opportunities for Glossop to take the lead prior to half time, including Richard Gresty’s attempt which hit the bar and Garry Kharas’ side-footed effort which was expertly saved by Maine Road keeper Andrew Jones.

When the second half commenced North End were immediately on the front foot. There was an early chance for Alex Elliot after he rounded two defenders but his chip over the grounded keeper fell agonisingly wide. The net was rippling five minutes later and the crowd thought Glossop had scored a deserved second goal but, unfortunately for the home faithful, Hartshorne could only find the side-netting.

On 89 minutes Maine Road had a free kick that drifted into the penalty area and the resulting confusion proved costly as Josh Gittings scored the winner.

Glossop’s efforts were once again unrewarded and the team failed to gain any points.