Glossop North End had a fine Bank Holiday weekend with a 3-0 Evo-Stik League Division One North derby win on Monday at New Mills following a 2-1 home FA Cup victory over Prescot Cables on Saturday.
Bank Holiday derbies are supposed to be feisty affairs as the form book is torn up, however Monday’s game at New Mills failed to spark in the way it should quite simply because GNE were so dominant from start to finish.
New Mills are without a point and North End are unbeaten, and the gap between the sides was obvious from the start, with the Hillmen barely having to move up the gears after an early salvo.
The opening goal came in the fouth minute when the ball was played down the left and Ashley Stott worked along the by-line. His cross looped up off a defender over the keeper and to the far post, where Ashley Mulholland had the simplest of chances to tap home.
In the eighth minute North End doubled the lead. This time it came down the right side when Kieran Lugsden chased a ball over the full back.
Boic Nhllziyah was first to the ball but attempted a suicidal back pass to the keeper. Jamie Rainford was lurking and nipped in to pinch the ball, round Liam Higginbotham, and stroke the ball into the empty net.
Rainford swept an early second half shot wide but made no mistake on 57 minutes. This time he received the ball 25 yards out and turned well to advance on goal. Danny White was overlapping and a pass to the unmarked midfielder looked the most likely option, but confident Rainford looked up and curled a passed shot into the net from the edge of the area to continue his fine run of form.
In the end, 3-0 was enough for the Hillmen. They had not expended too much energy, and will go into Saturday’s game with Witton Albion at Surrey Street in good heart.
Having conceded 21 goals in four games – including four against the Hillmen last week – GNE were expected to despatch of Prescot straightforwardly in Saturday’s Preliminary Round FA Cup tie on Saturday.
However, Cables went back to basics; a game plan to defend deep and hope to pinch something.
It nearly worked too as they led from the 14th to the 88th minute, only for Glossop to grab a couple of late, late goals through Tom Bailey and Jamie Rainford as they picked up £1,925 prize money and a home tie with Skelmersdale United in the First Qualifying Round.