Glossop Fight Back To Earn A Point Against Trafford
Thursday 18th August 2016 @ 10:36 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Glossop came from two goals behind on Tuesday evening to claim a point against a decent looking Trafford outfit.

The fixture ended two apiece after Jamie Rainford and Karl Jones cancelled out Aaron Burns brace in the opening 30 minutes.

A crowd of 375 attended Surrey Street for the Hillmen’s first game of the season, and despite falling two goals behind in the encounter, you feel that the Glossop fans will have been relatively happy with the courageous fight back.

As it transpired on the evening, Trafford took the lead in the 21st minute when Burns capitalised on a rebound off the post to prod the ball home from close range.

The former Ashton United striker grabbed his second of the game eight minutes later.

A decent move down the right wing eventually made its way to Burns who calmly slotted home inside the box.

Glossop were provided with a lifeline less than two minutes later when Rainford reacted quickest to a shot from distance to prod the ball home.

A much improved performance in the second half saw Glossop rewarded with an equaliser in the 71st minute.

A slick piece of play from the Hillmen ended with Jones finishing smartly at the front post.

Despite looking for a winner in the dying stages of the game, Glossop had to settle for a share of the spoils before their FA Cup preliminary round tie against Brighouse Town on Saturday.

Following the opening day 2-0 victory at Colne, manager Chris Willcock reflected on a solid performance. He told GNE TV: “Overall I’m delighted with the three points, but i think there’s a lot more to come from us.

“There were a number of aspects in the game which I think we could have dealt with much better.

“I’ll be looking for big improvements as we go, but overall a clean sheet and three points is a nice start.”

The Hillmen scored both goals in the opening stages of each half; an aspect of the game Willcock was happy with: “It was a good start to both halves” he said.

“You hope that when an opportunity comes your way early in the game that you’ll take it.

“That’s what we did and full credit to us.”