NWCFL Premier Division: Glossop North End 4, Squires Gate 0
GLOSSOP North End richly deserved this 4-0 victory over Squires Gate after an excellent performance at Surrey Street on Saturday.
The Hillmen started well and took the lead after only seven minutes as winger Sam Marshall headed in from a poorly-defended corner.
Squires Gate goalkeeper Neil Beesley made some excellent saves from Connolly and McGregor, as Glossop pushed forward at every opportunity.
Glossop doubled their lead on 43 minutes as Mark Battersby broke clear of the defence and found time to control the ball inside the box before accurately placing his shot wide of the advancing Beesley and into the corner of the net.
The hosts started the second half quickly with Marshall continuing to torment his marker.
After just three minutes he was fouled by Squires Gate defender and captain Thomas Benfield inside the area. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot and Adam Oakes converted from 12 yards.
The Hillmen continued to dominate the match, showing excellent passing movement and sharpness to the ball.
Marshall and Ben Connolly swapped wings a couple of times looking to stretch the Squires Gate defence yet further.
Beesley was kept busy as his opposite number Ben Proctor had little to do.
Several opportunities to increase the lead came and went until on 73 minutes Battersby latched onto a through ball and beat his defender both inside and out before firing his shot precisely past Beesley for one of the best goals seen at Surrey Street for some time.
Squires Gate tried to repair at least some of the damage in the last 15 minutes but it was not to be as the referee’s whistle brought a most satisfactory end to the match for the Glossop faithful.
Glossop: Proctor, Jones, Allen, Browne, Lugsden, Bond, Marshall, Oakes, McGregor (D) (Rothwell), Battersby, Connolly.