Glossop find hat-trick hero Lugsden too hot to handle

Buxton FC 3, Glossop North End 1

GLOSSOP North End missed out on the chance of their first silverware of the season after losing 3-1 to Buxton in the final of the High Peak Cup on Wednesday night.

The Hillmen, who take on Squires Gate in the first game of the season on Saturday, defeated local rivals New Mills in the semi-final but were unable to overcome an under-strength Buxton side.

North End were once again slack on their defending in the opening stages, Kieran Lugsden taking advantage of the space and smashing past Matthew Ince via a deflection from Tom Dos Santos.

Lugsden’s second came after he latched onto a ball over the top of Glossop and slid the ball past goalkeeper Ince.

The Hillmen rarely threatened the Bucks’ goal in the first half, a pair of Dave Morris free-kicks the only thing keeping the hands warm of the Buxton goalkeeper.

The game was all but over when Lugsden claimed his third of the night, and the match ball, on the stroke of half-time. The ex-North End player turned two Glossop defenders in the box and lashed the ball across Ince’s goal into the bottom corner.

There were still positives for the Hillmen to take from the game. Rob Hartshorne, looking to gain full fitness for the start of the season, was given 20 minutes by manager Paul Colgan and looked to be getting close to regaining the fitness needed for the upcoming season.

A consolation did come for Glossop, courtesy of Tom Streets. Streets intercepted a cross-field ball and out-paced the last defender. Streets then had the composure to slide the ball past the Buxton keeper at the near post.

North End now take on Squires Gate in the opening fixture where Colgan and his men will be looking to get off to the best possible start.