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Glossop North End Annual review
Monday 5th January 2015 @ 16:19 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

2014 proved to be memorable year for regular faces at Surrey Street, as Glossop North End enjoyed a successful league campaign and embarked on a mammoth unbeaten run.

Glossop North End

Glossop North End

Having taken over the club in May 2013, Chris Willcock guided his side to their highest ever position in the North West Counties league and also their highest finish in any league since 1981 when the Hillmen plied their trade in the Cheshire County league.

With only the one, solitary promotion place up for grabs in the division, Glossop’s third place finish didn’t grant them a step up to the Evo-Stik first division North.

However, the credible summation of the season ensured that willcock and his men could regroup over summer, recruit and hit the ground running.

And to their credit they did just that, as the Hillmen ran out 6-0 winners in their opening day encounter at Bacup & Rossendale Borough.

The convincing win signalled the start of a promising campaign for the Derbyshire outfit, securing a fantastic seven game run that propelled them to the northern regions of the table.

They met their match on Saturday 6th September though, when current league leaders Runcorn Linnets took home all three points courtesy of a 2-0 win.

In addition to their impressive league form, Willcock’s men also made an impact in the FA Cup, clinching a tie against Conference North side Chorley after beating Northwich Victoria at home in a nervy penalty shootout.

Goalkeeper Greg Hall was inspirational between the sticks on the evening and his efforts were rewarded earlier in the season with the goalkeeper of the month accolade.

Prior to their FA Cup encounter with Chorley, the team ventured to Woodley to take on Stockport Sports and returned to Glossop with a monumental 8-0 victory.

They almost emulated that score line against the Saxons on Boxing Day, but could only muster the six goals on that occasion.

The Second Qualifying Round of the cup earnt the Hillmen an incredible amount of respect, and despite losing the tie 1-0 courtesy of a James Dean 72nd minute header, they returned to Derbyshire with their heads held high and a belief that they could conquer the North west Counties League.

The squads most recent cup exploits came against New Mills a few days prior to Christmas, when they returned from Church Lane with a 4-2 victory thanks to a hat-trick from Kieran Lugsden.

The Hillmen’s exertions on the field secured them a place against League 1 side Chesterfield in the Derbyshire Senior Cup quarter Final, in a tie that is scheduled to take place at Surrey Street on Tuesday 13th January, with a kick off at 7.45pm.

There has been excitement aplenty both on and off the field, with the Under 10’s enjoying a visit to St George’s Park Football Centre to take part in the FA Cup draw.

The Junior section were also prevalent on the pitch too, marking their 25th birthday by taking part in a commemorative picture on the Surrey Street turf at half time during a first team fixture.

Willcock’s squad has Championship ideals, and with his side still involved in both the Derbyshire Cup and FA Vase, a repeat trip to Wembley stadium beckons.