Glosop North End look to move closer to Wembley

Chris Willcock manager of Glossop North End applauds the travelling support at the end of the game.
Chris Willcock manager of Glossop North End applauds the travelling support at the end of the game.

Glossop North End will be hoping to move one step closer to Wembley this weekend, when they contest their FA Vase last-16 tie with Dunston UTS on Saturday.

Victory in the fifth round would see Chris Willcock’s side reach the last eight of a competition that they reached the final of back in 2009.

Chris Willcock, manager of Glossop North End.

Chris Willcock, manager of Glossop North End.

However, there is a threat that the game may not take place this weekend, with the Surrey Street pitch still covered in snow.

The plummeting temperatures have not helped the conditions either and forecasts predict that more bad weather could be on the way ahead of the weekend.

It would be a blow should the game not go ahead, as GNE haven’t played since their 2-0 league win at Squires Gate last month.

Willcock’s side have only played three times competitively since the turn of the year, with one of those games the famous 1-0 extra-time success away at Worksop in the previous round.

North End chairman Dave Atkinson believes that the club is still on target to enjoy success on three fronts.

The Hillmen are currently second in the North West Counties Premier Division, with games in hand on leaders Runcorn Linnets.

As well as their adventures in the Vase, North End are also progressing along nicely in the Derbyshire Senior Cup.

Their proposed meeting with League One side Chesterfield was again cancelled last week, due to the weather.

The game was rescheduled for last Monday but fell victim to the snow and ice.

A new date for the quarter-final tie is yet to be announced.

The winners will face Evo-Stik Premier Division side Matlock Town at home in the final four.

Earlier this season when Atkinson was asked of the club’s attitude to cup competitions, the chairman said that the club would be aiming to do as well as possible.

He said: “We always want to take the cups seriously, especially the FA Vase and Derbyshire Senior Cup.

“We want to be knocking on the door and winning a cup, if possible.

“It would be nice to have one of them on display at our AGM at the end of the season!”

North End’s defence is one of the meanest in the country, having shipped just ten league goals all season.

Dunston will no doubt prove a big threat to Willcock’s side. They won the FA Vase in 2011-12, beating West Auckland 2-0 at Wembley.