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MATCH REPORT Droylsden 1-3 Glossop North End
Monday 20th March 2017 @ 11:29 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Bloods fell to a second successive home defeat at a wet Butcher’s Arms as Glossop North End continued their march to the playoffs.

Two second half goals from Karl Jones and a third from substitute Dale Johnson overcame the Bloods who once again saw defensive lapses cost dear.

Forced into changes at the back due to the suspension of Skipper Domaine Rouse, manager Dave Pace started with three at the back, bringing in Yomi Samuels at full back with Joe Connor returning in the centre and Andreas Bianga playing as sweeper while Shaun Holden was dropped to the bench.

There was little between the teams in the first forty five minutes, Adam Farrell going closest for Droylsden after the keeper spilled a cross only to see his shot cleared off the line, while at the other end Mike Norton slipped with the goal seemingly at his mercy.

The deadlock was broken with half an hour of the game remaining, Karl Jones heading home from close range after a cross from Iwan Heeley found the striker’s head on the edge of the six yard box.

Nicky Platt went close for the visitors with his shot from the edge of the area just clearing the bar but on seventy minutes, Jones doubled the lead for the visitors, pouncing on a Heeley ball into the box and being allowed far too much time to turn and score past Coates.

The Bloods rang the changes in an attempt to get back into the game, Dom Smith had already come on for Jamie Frost and then the Bloods reverted to a back four with Steve Hall and Shaun Holden coming on for Luke Daly and Scott Metcalfe.

Hall was unlucky not to reduce the deficit when his shot from the edge of the area came back off the post with twelve minutes remaining but substitute Dale Johnson (pictured) sealed it for the visitors with ten minutes left heading home from close range.

Shaun Holden pulled one back for the Bloods with five minutes left on the clock but the home team had left it too late for any chance of a comeback

By Nigel Barlow
Picture by Steve Dyson