Surrey Street stalemate in FA Vase

FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round: Glossop North End 1, Winsford United 1

GLOSSOP North End will head to Winsford this evening (Tuesday) to replay their FA Vase fixture after Saturday’s clash at Surrey Street ended in stalemate.

For the most part of the first half, it was Winsford who were in the ascendency, with only a glimmer of attacking aptitude shown by the home team. When Glossop did press forward, it was always Marshall as the outlet.

The Winsford team constantly looked for their pacey front runners, led by Glossop old boy Andy Hurst and Wayne Wellbeck. It was Hurst who broke through some fragile defending to put the visitors ahead after 12 minutes.

After that, it was the Glossop defence who were the busiest, led competently by skipper Lugsden, but when they did manage to keep the ball on the floor and pass their way out, both Connolly and Allen drew saves from Jones in the Winsford goal.

In the opening moments of the second period, Glossop managed to force a string of corners and there was a hint of the Winsford defence creaking. However the away side soon found their passing radar and the Hillmen were seemingly chasing shadows.

When Connolly found himself through on goal in the 62nd minute, his shot was parried by a defender’s hand, and the referee pointed immediately to the spot. Cue Adam Oakes with a cool penalty to restore parity.

The introduction of Elliott and then Thompson bolstered Glossop’s forward line, and more home chances ensued. Ultimately, neither side could find the crucial goal and the game headed into extra time.

In the first period, both sides pushed for the winner with Elliott firing over for Glossop and then Wellbeck rattling Proctor’s bar moments later.

Winsford flashed a shot wide and Oakes fired over after some more good work from Marshall. Glossop again forced a string of corners, one of which saw a Nick Allen effort cleared off the line, as both sides had to settle for a replay.