FA Vase finalists Glossop North End cut lead at top with win over AFC Liverpool

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Glossop North End nervously completed an eight day double against AFC Liverpool with a late goal that cut the gap at the top to three points.

They started looking for the early goal, Jason Carey snatching a shot wide and Matt Russell’s shot from the edge of the area pushed wide, but AFC were also playing the ball around and looking to cause trouble.

There was certainly a problem for GNE in the 18th minute when Russell felled Liam Loughlin in the box and gave away a penalty. Ronnie Morgan stepped up to take it, but Greg Hall got it right, and dived right to save low down, and the ball was cleared.

The game became scrappy, and in the lead up to half time there were few chances. Eddie Moran’s shot from the edge was blocked and Kieran’s Lugsden’s cross somehow evaded both Mark Reed and Carey as it landed on the 6 yard line and bounced away.

Then, right on the whistle, Ben Richardson’s curling corner was met by Reed but he headed just wide.

In the second half AFC’s attacking verve was almost totally neutered, but North End were a touch too anxious to take full advantage. With the possibility of going top of the league by the weekend in their minds, they were too hurried in their play as they grew concerned about not having scored.

Tom Bailey missed a couple of decent chances, heading wide when almost surprised that Danny White’s cross reached him, and then blasting over when set away on the right side, snatching his shot from the angle.

The game was scrappy, time was being wasted, and it would take a moment of quality to seal the game. It came in the 84th minute, shortly after Bailey had swivelled a shot wide.

At the left corner of the box there was intricate play involving Kieran Lugsden, Sam Hind and Tom Bailey, who between them threaded a ball through to Danny White, who surged into the box and to the by-line with a drop of the shoulder. He crossed along into the 6 yard box where Lee Blackshaw was waiting to tap in.

The one moment of real quality had won the game. AFC had no answer and North End now need 5 wins in 8 games to win the league. They’ll hope to make the perfect start to that in less than 24 hours when they are at home to St Helens.