High Peak Cup Semi-Final
Glossop North End 3, New Mills AFC 1
Glossop North End booked their place in the final of the High Peak Cup after thrashing local rivals New Mills 3-1 at Surrey Street on Tuesday evening
The Hillmen will now face either Buxton or Chapel Town in next week’s final.
The game began badly for North End as once again they conceded in the opening stages.
It was only the fourth minute when Anthony Fields skipped through the Hillmen’s defence and smashed the ball past Joe Boyle in the Glossop goal.
It was a disappointing first half for the home side who rarely threatened the Millers’ goal. Sam Hind went closest to scoring but his header was easily saved by Ben Procter.
The second half started much more brightly for Paul Colgan’s men as the manager introduced a lively Ryan Ahmed and also Luke Pearson, who caused endless problems for the Millers’ defence.
It was a ball in by Pearson which led to the equaliser for the Hillmen.
A handball by Luke Horrocks from a Jay Gorton shot resulted in a penalty, which was expertly dispatched by talisman Adam Oakes.
The crowd and players alike were lifted by the spirit shown by the Hillmen and the home side dominated possession. Alex Elliot went close to grabbing a second for North End but twice he was denied by the woodwork.
A deserved second did come for Glossop courtesy of Hind. Ahmed battled with the Millers defence to win the ball back and set up Hind who drove a shot past Procter.
The Millers pushed for an equaliser but found themselves even further behind after Pearson capped a superb second half performance by side-footing the ball past an infuriated Procter.