Glossop North End ramp up the pressure on leaders Runcorn Linnets

Glossop North End manager Chris Willcock.
Glossop North End manager Chris Willcock.

Glossop turned up the heat on leaders Runcorn Linnets thanks to a vital 3-2 win at Abbey Hey on Easter Monday.

GNE are now just six points adrift but, crucially, have five games in hand.

Kieran Lugsden made it 1-0 after three minutes when he blasted home.

Hillmen then had to wait until the hour mark for a second and it came via the boot of Mark Reed, who clipped over an advancing Abbey Hey goalkeeper.

Things were going rosey until the hosts pulled one back with 15 to play.

Zibaka netted calmly after a simple through-ball was not picked up by the visiting defence.

Then, with just five minutes left, the game was level.

A long throw wasn’t dealt with and Thomas Murray rifled through a sea of bodies.

GNE needed to show character and they certainly came up with the goods.

Kelvin Lugsden rose highest to a corner in the 93rd minute and found the back of the net to seal a huge three points.

Add the League Cup Final and of course the FA Vase Final at Wembley (May 9) into the equation, and it promises to be an extremely busy and exciting final month of the season for North End.