Glossop striker Lugsden makes his mark
Thursday 2nd January 2014 @ 14:35 by Lisa B

Kieran Lugsden is back at Glossop North End and has immediately made his mark.

The former Northwich Victoria and Altrincham player scored on his debut, netting the winning goal at Squires Gate last week.

Manager Chris Willcock said: “Kieran’s a great acquisition. As soon as I heard that Buxton had made him available for loan I went for him because you can’t afford to turn down a player of his ability.

“He’s a proven scorer who’s been very effective at Evo-stik level.

“In the short time he’s been back with us Kieran has done really well and been a big help to the less experienced strikers at the club.”

Lugsden has joined a Surrey Street set-up which has found its feet after an inconsistent start to the season.

The squad, which features defender Kelvin Lugsden, Kieran’s twin brother, is unbeaten in six league games and has reached the quarter-finals of the Derbyshire Senior Cup, beating NPL Premier Division club Matlock last week.

However Willcock, who is keen to see this momentum continue, is unhappy that Glossop face fewer games over the Christmas period than the clubs at higher levels.

After Saturday, they play on Boxing Day and then do not return to action until Saturday, January 4.

He commented: “It’s not an ideal situation. I’ll have to make sure we keep the players on their toes and that they don’t switch off, so they won’t be having too much turkey or mulled wine.

“We’ll have to keep to our best and hope that our consistency lasts into the new year.

“Our consistency has brought greater confidence and belief.

“Everybody is playing extremely well and off the back of that, our results have improved.

“Beating Matlock boosted our confidence and at Maine Road, where we played very well against a title-challenging side, it felt like a loss because we only got one point rather than all three.”

Glossop have been drawn away to Shirebrook Town in the last eight of the Derbyshire Senior Cup.

Willcock describes the Northern Counties East league first division club as very strong and in a false position in the table.