Winsford end Glossop’s FA Vase dream

FA Vase Second Qualifying Round replay

Winsford United 4, Glossop North End 1

GLOSSOP North End’s progress in the FA Vase came to an early end away at Winsford United on Tuesday evening, writes Stewart Taylor.

Winsford controlled the game, particularly in the second half, and ran out worthy winners of a match made necessary by the 1-1 draw in their first encounter at Surrey Street last Saturday.

Proceedings began with an impeccably observed minute’s silence following the tragic events in Hattersley.

The first significant action on the pitch came as early as the fifth minute when a short back-pass left Ben Proctor stranded in the Glossop goal and Winsford midfielder Andy Keogh fired a precision shot into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

The Hillmen responded positively with Dean McGregor going close from a corner before, in the 18th minute, a mazy run from midfield by Sam Marshall seemed to have been contained by the Winsford defence only for the ball to bobble kindly off a couple of outstretched legs back to Sam Marshall who coolly finished to equalise.

The effervescent Marshall went close to doubling his tally three minutes later when a misplaced pass by Brian Matthews led to a shot from the winger which slid agonisingly wide.

Winsford responded positively to the threat from the Hillmen and on 23 minutes Andy Hurst converted to restore Winsford’s lead following a defensive mix-up in the aftermath of a corner.

The remainder of the first half was somewhat scrappy, but still everything to play for in the second half.

Winsford started the second half the brighter of the two, and on 63 minutes Matthews fired home from the edge of the box following a somewhat speculative cross from the right which managed to elude the Glossop defence.

The match settled into a rhythm after that, in which Winsford controlled possession with good passing. Glossop committed men forward in search of goals but were met with a well-organised Winsford defence.

As the match neared its conclusion, Winsford centre forward Hurst added his second goal and Winsford’s fourth as a breakaway found the Hillmen short of numbers at the back.