An FA Trophy, Preliminary Round clash between the only two teams still unbeaten in the league generated a predictable outcome -- an eagerly contested 1-1 draw.
However, Glossop North End were left to reflect that they should have sewn the tie up and avoided the long trip to the north-east to take on Evo-Stik League, Division One North rivals Spennymoor Town in Tuesday night’s replay.
Despite falling behind as early as the foourth minute, Glossop hit back well and boasted enough chances and possession to have inflicted the first defeat of the campaign on their visitors, who were reduced to ten men for the last 11 minutes by a red card for Paul Johnson.
That early goal capped a bright start by Spennymoor. Home ‘keeper Greg Hall got down to palm away the initial shot from James Risebrough, but the rebound fell to Danny Frost, who finished tidily from 12 yards.
The buoyed visitors remained on top before Glossop levelled on in the 29th minute when Eddie Moran won the ball on the right and delivered a telling, low cross. It was knocked away and a defender blocked an Astley Mulholland drive, but there was Tom Bailey to curl a low shot past ‘keeper Joseph Fryer.
The rest of the first half and the early part of the second were stalemate. But as the tie wore on, Glossop turned the screw on a tiring Spennymoor side. A flick by Ashley Stott bounced off a post into the arms of a grateful Fryer, and the best chance fell 12 minutes from time to Lugsden, who somehow blasted wide inside the six-yard box from a Dave Young head-down.
After the sending-off, Jamie Rainford came off the bench and saw one shot pushed round a post before another curled over the bar.