Nelson 1-2 Glossop North End: GNE register crucial three points as they turn game on its head

Glossop North End celebrate victory over Nelson.
Glossop North End celebrate victory over Nelson.
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Glossop North End came from behind to clinch a vital three league points.

Chris Willcock introduced a new striker to the line-up, Buxton legend Mark Reed, whilst Kelvin Lugsden got a rare rest on the bench with his brother Kieran and Martin Parker.

Reed made a right start and flicked a header over the bar early on before testing Nelson’s stopper Ben Woodhead soon after.

Those misses were then punished by Nelson midway through the first half when leading scorer Peter Wright stooped to flick a header into the net.

The pitch was very heavy, and North End struggled to come to terms with the stickiness of it with their final ball often over or under-hit and passing lacking in accuracy.

In the second half Glossop tried to pile on the pressure, forcing a number of corners but Nelson’s backline remained strong.

The Hillmen were forced into using their substitutes, ending up with five strikers on the pitch - and it paid off.

On 77 minutes Jason Carey tested Woodhead, who saved with his legs.

Then, in the 82nd minute, Carey was not to be denied when he picked up the ball on the edge of the area, shrugged off a challenge and found the top corner to level it at 1-1.

They had not yet recovered two minutes later when a free-kick from the right was swung in.

Carey headed back across goal, Sam Hind nodded the ball into the path of skipper Dave Young and Young had time to take a touch to control and lift the ball into the roof of the net and spark a celebratory pile-on.

North End then had six minutes of normal time and six minute of injury time to see out.

They managed to do so comfortably as Nelson saw Matthew O’Neill receive a second yellow card late in the day.

• Last Thursday GNE overcame Bootle 4-2 in a re-arranged league clash. Goals from Dave Young and Tom Bailey sandwiched Ben Richardson’s brace, with Bootle scoring twice in-between.