Late equaliser proves costly for North End’s promotion push

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North West Counties League Premier Division

Glossop North End 1, Maine Road 1

GLOSSOP North End fell behind in the race for promotion after drawing 1-1 with Maine Road at Surrey Street on Boxing Day.

The Hillmen struggled against a determined Maine Road side, who struck a 90th-minute equaliser, and now lie fourth in the table, six points behind leaders Bootle but have two games in hand.

Recent signing Ben Proctor was called into action early for North End, saving Rob Brocklehurst’s effort at the back post.

There were very few chances in the first half but the game could have changed if Glossop were awarded an early penalty. Captain Jay Gorton was obstructed in the area, but the referee waved away the appeals from the home side.

The second half was filled with much more action and Gorton was once again involved, seeing his early header from a Steve Heaton corner fall agonisingly wide.

Proctor was once again called into action after the interval, frustrating Brocklehurst for a second time by saving low after the striker broke clear of the Glossop defence.

The Hillmen broke the deadlock after 77 minutes. Excellent work on the wing from Alex Elliot led to a cross which found Sam Hind at the back post. Hind controlled his header and the ball dropped into the side of the net to give North End the lead.

Glossop looked to be heading for their third straight victory in the league but Maine Road’s James Rothell had other ideas. Rothwell was well placed after a cross was cleared by the North End defence and he rifled home a volley from the edge of the area. It was a strike that could prove costly for the Hillmen as they push for promotion at the end of the season.

Glossop now face two tricky away games as they travel to Alsager Town and Silsden in the next two weeks, where they will be looking to gain a maximum six points and apply pressure to the teams above them.