Glossop crush Goole in opening day victory
Monday 14th August 2017 @ 14:09 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Glossop North End began the season in style with a crushing 3-0 win at Goole in their opening Evo-Stik First Division North match of 2017-18 on Saturday.

Ben Deegan opened the scoring on his debut in the first half before Dale Johnson doubled the lead after the break and the impressive Jude Oyibo slotted home to seal a comfortable three points for the Hillmen.

It was the perfect start for new bosses Paul Phillips and Steve Halford, who have spoken openly about their aim to win the title in what is the club’s third successive year in the eighth tier of English football.

After a long summer and the arrival of a host of fresh faces, it was finally down to business for Glossop in their first competitive game for 112 days.

Only striker Johnson and Lee Rick in the starting line-up were part of the squad which ended last season under former boss Chris Willcock, while joint-manager Phillips was named in goal.

The visitors made a bright start at the Victoria Pleasure Ground and Oyibo had the beating of Goole goalkeeper Sam Leigh early on but his effort travelled wide of the post.

But, after bossing much of the first half, North End got the deserved breakthrough six minutes before the interval as forward Deegan, who has proven prolific at this level in the past, headed home a pinpoint cross from Courtney Meppen-Walter – one of eight players to sign for the club during the week.

There were further chances to increase the lead before heading into the dressing room as ex-Ashton United midfielder Chris Baguley fired off target following a good turn before Johnson had a header cleared off the line after latching onto a poor defensive clearance.

But the former Hyde and Droylsden frontman, who scored four goals at the back end of last season, opened his account for the new term soon after half-time as he took advantage of a scramble inside the Goole penalty area from close range after Deegan’s clever flick came back off the crossbar.

It was teenage sensation Oyibo that caught the eye and the winger capped a man-of-the-match performance by scoring the goal of the game to put the game beyond doubt just after the hour mark.

The 18-year-old, who hails from Nigeria, ended a well-worked move by coolly slotting home under the keeper for what could be the first of many goals for the Hillmen this season.

Goole, who were reprieved from relegation last term following Ilkeston’s demise, rarely offered a serious threat, with a superb volley from Lewis Dennison which rattled the crossbar in stoppage time the closest they came to scoring.

A dominant Glossop had complete control and the visitors could – and perhaps should – have won by a bigger margin but a combination of good goalkeeping, last-ditch defending and profligate finishing denied them.

Baguley somehow saw his shot cleared off the line by Jason Stannard, Jason Hill powered a header wide of the post and substitute Billy Hasler-Cregg, on for Johnson, brought a fine save from Leigh with an angled drive after getting in behind the home defence.

Nevertheless, it was a convincing result and solid display for starters for the Hillmen in East Yorkshire, coupled with a clean sheet which would also have delighted Halford and, in particular, keeper Phillips.

The season is up and running on a winning note but Glossop will know tougher tests lie in wait, starting with their first home game on Tuesday night against a Clitheroe side who will also have promotion in their sights.

TEAMS:

Goole: Leigh, Stannard, Jeff, Constable (c), Adams, Colbear, Parkinson, Barwick, Jones, Holden, Dennison.

Substitutes bench: Shelley, Bonser, Hanna, Smith, Dearnley.

Glossop North End: Phillips, Matt Russell, Russell, Gorton (c), Hill, Meppen-Walter, Rick, Baguley, Johnson, Deegan, Oyibo.

Substitutes bench: Haslam, Hasler-Cregg, Williams, Imade, Halford.

Referee: Luke Freeman
Attendance: 213