Fair result against high-flyers

Vodkat Premier Division

Glossop North End 1

Bootle 1

Glossop North End came away with a point after a 1-1 draw with fifth-placed Bootle on Saturday.

The Hillmen made a shaky start and were lucky to still be level after Bootle had the ball in the back of the net but the goal was disallowed for offside.

This was a wake-up call for North End who grew into the game. A chance fell to Alex Elliot on the edge of the box when he had time and space but he tried to hit the ball too hard and it sailed over the bar.

Glossop were unfortunate to go behind after a shot struck by Darren Byers was expertly tipped onto the bar by Jon McIlwaine. The ball looped into the air, bounced on the goal-line and spun back into the net.

The Hillmen almost pulled level on the stroke of half time after a Gary Kharas flicked header was cleared off the line by Joe Doran.

North End looked more in control after the interval. Adam Oakes had numerous efforts from the edge of the box but was unable to threaten the Bootle goal.

Elliot then kept his composure to grab the equaliser. A long ball by centre-back Keil O’Brien was chested down by Elliot and his fierce shot from the edge of the box couldn’t be handled by keeper Mark Mawdsley.

There was then only one team that looked like winning the game and it was the Hillmen.

Although Glossop dominated the final stages, they were unable to create any clear-cut chances. Dave Morris’ shot from long range was the only time North End threatened the goal but it was comfortably saved.

A point was a fair result for both teams and the Hillmen will be satisfied with a good performance against a high-flying team. After the game, North End supporters were stunned to hear Steve Young had announced his resignation after a four-year tenure as manager of the Hillmen.