North West Counties League Premier Division
Maine Road 2, Glossop North End 3
GLOSSOP North End secured their first league win of the season at a windy Brantingham Road on Bank Holiday Monday, writes Stewart Taylor.
Maine Road, fielding two ex-Hillmen in their ranks in the form of defender Richard Gresty and utility player Tom Bailey, started brightly but failed to threaten Ben Proctor’s goal.
The first significant action came in the 20th minute when a free-kick by Adam Oakes was directed goalbound by Ben Connolly and expertly tipped onto the crossbar by Greg Hall.
The resulting rebound fell nicely for Tom Wilson, and he volleyed an unstoppable shot past the recovering keeper.
Glossop doubled their lead seven minutes later when a cross from the right eluded several Maine Road defenders and was tapped into the net by Connolly.
The Hillmen seemed to sit back a little in the second half and Maine Road, now playing with the wind behind them, began to control the game, with leading goalscorer Tom Bentham having a shot from the edge of the box well-saved by Proctor.
The hosts’ reward for some enterprising play came in the 78th minute when a mix-up in the centre of defence led to an easy tap-in for Maine Road defender and captain Neil Chappell.
The equaliser came in the 83rd minute as confusion in the Hillmen defence gave Bentham the chance to round Proctor and add to his season’s goal tally.
Maine Road sensed an unlikely victory, but from an increasingly rare foray forward Glossop snatched the winner in the 89th minute. Substitute Jonny Hirst was fouled by Chappell and the resulting free-kick was swung into the box by Hirst.
The Maine Road defence failed to clear and the ball was tapped in by Glossop captain and central defender Kelvin Lugsden.