Glossop North End held in entertaining 2-2 draw with Bamber Bridge

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In a game that was more entertaining that it had any right to be, given the atrocious conditions, Bamber Bridge and GNE shared a 2-2 draw thanks to a late goal that was claimed by Tom Bailey.

The Hillmen had spent much of the game trailing, but might have pinched it during a frenetic finish.

The rain was driving throughout, but the pitch held up from the battering, and credit must go to the Surrey Street ground staff for producing a superb surface.

However, the home ground advantage didn’t materialise, as Bamber Bridge had the better of the opening minutes, forcing a number of corners.

It was from a third consecutive flag kick that the visitors took the lead when Curtis Thompson fired through a crowd of players.

The ball fell to the feet of Stuart Vasey who then tapped home from six yards.

Glossop were struggling with the conditions, with the wind against, and there were chances for Bamber’s Paul McKenna, whose free kick was tipped over and Brett Ormerod, who headed across goal when given a free header.

However, the first Hillmen chance of the game on 40 minutes saw them level it up.

A cross from the right was cushioned into the path of Kieran Lugsden by Chris McDonagh, and the midfielder ran onto the precise pass and finished with similar accuracy into the bottom corner.

Having scored, there was nearly a carbon copy a minute later, but this time Astley Mulholland couldn’t quite take Eddie Moran’s knock down in his stride.

However two minutes into injury-time, Glossop again failed to defend a corner.

The ball was only partially cleared and again fell to Thompson who scored at the second attempt.

With 12 minutes left the Hillmen levelled after they won a free -kick on the left flank.

Tom Bailey stepped up to deliver the ball to the edge of the six yard line and the ball took a flick off a defender and beat goalkeeper Lee Dovey at his left post.

Having been under the cosh for much of the game, GNE now looked for a winner, and Dovey made a good save from Jamie Rainford’s driven shot to his near post and did brilliantly to snuff out Rainford’s effort when he had been put through on an angle by good work from Bailey and Lugsden