MATCH REPORT Glossop 3-1 Atherton Collieries
Monday 25th September 2017 14:23 Football Sports Posted by Mark Phillip

Evo-Stik Division One North

Glossop 3-1 Colne

Ben Deegan scored twice as an in-form Glossop North End saw off nine-man Colne to secure a fifth successive league win on Saturday.

The Hillmen got off to the perfect start as Adam Jones headed home the opener inside four minutes before Colne settled into the game and levelled through Michael Fish.

Deegan’s finish put Glossop back in front before Colne’s Mark Ayres was sent off for throwing his head into Mark Haslam before the break.

Team-mate Spencer Jordan was also dismissed during a quiet second half for a lunge on Matthew Russell before Deegan, captain for the day in Jay Gorton’s absence, sealed the three points for the Hillmen in stoppage time.

 

Paul Phillips and Steve Halford’s men extended their impressive winning sequence to maintain second place in the Evo-Stik First Division, sitting two points behind leaders South Shields and two ahead of third-placed Bamber Bridge, but both have a game in hand.

Meanwhile, Colne – who reached the play-offs last season – remain 19th in the table with just five points from seven league games.

The afternoon began with a special presentation to Peter Hammond to mark his retirement as Glossop’s club secretary after 35 years.

Once the game got underway at Surrey Street, Glossop wasted no time in making their presence felt by taking the lead in the fourth minute as Jones latched onto a free-kick lofted into the box and got there ahead of Colne keeper Matthew Green to head in his second goal of the season.

But the Hillmen couldn’t kick on from their positive start as Colne worked their way back into the game and the Lancashire visitors eventually got the equaliser that their pressure threatened to deliver on 27 minutes.

Former Ashton United striker Lee Gaskell got to the byline and cut the ball back for Fish to sweep the ball home from close range.

The ex-Mossley man could have given Colne the lead minutes later when he was allowed a free header in the box from a corner but headed wide of the post as Steve Cunningham’s side seized control.

But, against the run of play, Glossop re-established their lead in the 36th minute when Jones managed to win another aerial battle from a long free-kick into the box and picked out Deegan, who had the simple task of tucking the ball home to net after two games without scoring.

 

Proceedings started to take a turn for the worse for Colne, who were reduced to 10 men soon after as Ayres was sent off for launching his head into Haslam after keeping hold of the ball once the referee awarded Glossop a free-kick for a foul on Jude Oyibo – returning to the side after training with a professional club recently.

The resulting set-piece from Courtney Meppen-Walter, who has scored three times from the penalty spot so far this term, rattled the angle of crossbar and post before bouncing away to safety as Glossop ended the first-half on top.

The Hillmen were looking to make their numerical advantage count but must have thought it was a case of deja vu when goalkeeper Russell Saunders, who was red-carded for a handball outside the box against Hyde last month, handled outside his area again but he was only booked this time with the officials judging there was sufficient cover in place.

 

Glossop made a double change as Chris Baguley and Callum Chippendale, who struck twice in the thrilling 3-2 win at local rivals Droylsden in midweek, entered the action in place of Liam Wood and Meppen-Walter.

The contest became fractious with neither side able to create clear-cut chances but Glossop soon found themselves playing against a team with nine-men for the second game running as Colne’s Jordan was given his marching orders for a mistimed and reckless lunge on Russell, who was able to continue following treatment.

Colne didn’t give up hope of getting back into the game but Glossop deservedly sealed the deal in stoppage time on the break as substitute Baguley laid it on a plate to Deegan and the striker made no mistake, slipping the ball past Green to give the Hillmen another victory to maintain their momentum in the promotion mix.

Glossop, who are still unbeaten at home in the league, will be hoping to record six wins on the spin when making the trip to newly-promoted Atherton Colleries next Saturday.

TEAMS:

Glossop North End: Saunders, Haslam, Hill, Lacy, Jones, Meppen-Walter, Brazel, Russell, Deegan (c), Chippendale, Oyibo.

Substitutes bench: Rick, Wood, Martin, Lenighan, Baguley.

Colne FC: Green, Coleman, Pugh, Lynch, Ayres, Nangle, Jordan, Curran, Gaskell, Fish, Morrison (c).

Substitutes bench: Hunter, Gregory, Hanley, Stamp, Fleming.

Referee: J Rhodes
Attendance: 296

 

By Adam Higgins

Pictures: Steve Dyson