REPORT: Glossop NE 2-1 Prescot Cables

Tom Bailey netted the crucial Glossop second goal.
Tom Bailey netted the crucial Glossop second goal.

The Hillmen bounced back from midweek disappointment to overwhelm in-form Cables, although not before the visitors gave them a scare at the start of the game.

Just as they had in the FA Cup game at Surrey Street in August, Cables took an early lead from a set piece.

A free-kick level with the 18 yard line on the wide left was put in low by Rob Doran and Lloyd Dean had made a run to the near corner of the six yard box and simply flicked the ball inside the near post.

However, Glossop’s response to going behind was much more measured than it had been in defeat the previous Tuesday and they gradually played themselves into the game.

Dave Young was very unlucky not to level things up on 17 minutes when he met a corner, heading into the floor, only for Prescot keeper Marcus Burgess to bravely dive full length into a crowd of players and punch the looping ball away.

Minutes later Jamie Rainford thought he had equalised only for a linesman’s flag to rule him offside.

The pressure was building though and the scores were finally levelled on 31 minutes.

Michael Bowler looped a pass along the right flank for Astley Mulholland to run onto, and the speedy winger picked it up and advanced into the box on an angle. He drew the defence and keeper towards him before squaring the ball to Rainford, who scored a simple goal.

Prescot tried to rally and Doran curled a free-kick just wide, whilst before the break Rainford’s shot to the near post hit the side netting.

In the second-half Greg Hall was the first keeper in action, pushing away a corner given after Bowler had blocked a Dean shot, but Glossop again took the game by the scruff of the neck, pinning Prescot back.

Burgess had to make another terrific save from his own defender after Jonah O’Reilly sliced Kieran Lugsden’s cross goalwards, Andy Smart curling a shot wide from the clever corner that followed.

Sam Hare and Tom Bailey were brought into the action and Bailey was so close to an early goal when sliding in, but was just too far from Bowler’s cross to get a touch.

However, next time he’d be in the right position.

On 73 minutes a central free-kick was taken quickly and moved right to Mulholland. His low cross was between defence and keeper and Bailey again slid in, making contact with the ball and hitting it into the corner of the net.

From there it always looked more likely that GNE would add to their lead and Ashley Stott had a great chance when picking up on a poor goal kick. However, Burgess redeemed himself, pinching the ball off Stott’s toes as he looked to round him.

The Hillmen now travel to FC United of Manchester on Tuesday (27th) for a Manchester Premier Cup tie.

With FC United two divisions above the Hillmen they have nothing to lose.