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Glossop win seven goal thriller to book place in next round of the FA Trophy
Monday 13th November 2017 @ 11:34 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Buildbase FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round:

Glossop North End 4-3 Leek Town

Glossop North End hosted Leek town in The Buildbase FA Trophy at Surrey Street in what promised to be an exciting game and it lived up to expectations as the Hillmen walked away with a 4-3 victory.

Before the game both teams joined at the centre circle for the minutes silence for Remembrance Day, both teams and sets of fans were impeccable for this.

The game started and it wasn’t long before the returning Glossop Captain Adam Jones pulled up with his on-going injury and was forced to leave the field to claps by both sets of fans. He was subsequently replaced by Lewis Lacy.

Two minutes later and Leek went ahead as Tim Grice pounced on a mistake by the Glossop defence and slotted past Phillips in goal.

Glossop however replied in perfection fashion as Zeph Thomas scored his first and Glossop’s first to put the sides equal again only one minute after going behind.

The teams settled into the game as the balance of power swung from one side to the other with chances falling to both teams but neither of them were able to break the deadlock again.

Ben Deegan had troubled the Leek Town defence throughout the first half with his power and strength and Glossop were rewarding for this as he won the ball off the Leek centre back and allowed the pacey Zeph Thomas in to score his second.

In typical fashion for how this game was going Leek responded and Dan Trickett-Smith pulled the visitors equal again and the game back all to play for.

The referee blew the whistle for half time with score even at 2-2.

The second half started and the battle between Glossop’s Ben Deegan and Leek’s captain Darren Chadwock continued with Deegan struggling to find space from the defender.

Deegan finally got his chance as a high looping ball from man of the match Courtney Meppen-Walter allowed Deegan to challenge the Leek goalkeeper and fire into an open net after the ball was not dealt with.

Jude Oyibo started to find more space and could make the most of his pace as on a number of occasions he ran at the Leek defence and forced free kicks and corners.

It was from one of these corners that Glossop scored their fourth, a deep cross to the far post was met with impeccable timing by Meppen-Walter’s header, the perfect ending to his fantastic performance.

Leek came out firing and pushed the Glossop defence back in the hope of stealing two goals to make the score even again. Their pressure paid off when Phillips  brought down the Leek striker in the box and a spot kick was rewarded.

Grice slotted the penalty away to score his second of the game and make an exciting end to the clash.

Four minutes were shown for added time with cheers coming from the Leek fans and groans from the Glossop faithful. Both sets of fans had been fantastic throughout the game singing and cheering their team on from the first minute to last.

Shots went in on the Glossop goal but the defence stood strong and some safe hands from Phillips allowed Glossop to hold on and kept Leek at bay until the final whistle blew which was met with cheers from around the ground.

By Liam Amos