Glossop North End play out latest goal-less draw with Scarborough

STILL UNBEATEN -- Belper United.
STILL UNBEATEN -- Belper United.

For the second time this season Glossop North End and Scarborough fought out a goalless draw.

Although this draw was marginally less dour that the match up in Bridlington in September.

Similarly to that match, the home side probably felt that they had done enough to win it.

The first half had very little in goalmouth action as once again both sides set about cancelling each other out.

Dave Young, making his 450th appearance for GNE, marshalled his defence into another stout performance, whilst at the other end Boro captain Nathan Peat was doing the same with his troops.

There were occasional moments where the goal was threatened, and Jamie Rainford went close when some neat interplay finished with him curler a shot around the far post.

However, it looked as though he should have been given a clearer cut opportunity on the half hour mark when he latched onto a short back pass, nicked the ball past the goalkeeper and fell when it looked as though he just had to tap it in.

The crowd waited for the whistle but the referee gave nothing.

Fice minutes later Sam Wright had a good opportunity for Boro as Bradshaw fed him about eight yards out with his back to goal.

His swivelled shot nearly took Greg Hall by surprise, but the keeper shovelled it away.T

he pattern of the second half was one of Glossop pressure with Scarborough looking to score on the break, although the visitors had the earliest chance when a free kick on halfway eluded everyone to bounce through to a surprised Hall, but he made the save.

On the hour mark there was some terrific interplay outside the area which culminated in Andy Smart threading a ball behind the defence for Kieran Lugsden, but Lugsden’s shot on the angle was thwarted by the legs of Hull City loanee Erik Bokran.

The pressure built and Josh Brizzell fired a half volley across the keeper that just went wide and Tom Bailey’s sidefoot volley was blocked.

However, the Boro defence continued to mop the the majority of the forward momentum that the Hillmen had built up.

Often Glossop would receive the ball in the area with their back to goal, but before they could find a pass, or turn to shoot, Peat & Co would be right on top of them, applying the pressure and crowding them out.

This meant that the best chance came from outside the area, and Smart’s piledriver from the edge of the box was goalbound until Bokran dived full length to make an acrobatic save.

The result meant that Glossop returned to the top of the league, although the teams below them have games in hand. One of those is Spennymoor, who the Hillmen visit next Saturday.