Glossop slip up against Atherton
Saturday 24th February 2018 @ 18:14 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Evo-Stik First Division North

Glossop 1-2 Atherton Collieries

Glossop’s playoff chances were dealt another blow on Saturday as Atherton Collieries came from a goal behind to earn a 2-1 victory at Surrey Street.

The Hillmen were hoping to end a poor run of results which had seen them claim just one point from their previous five games, while Atherton had the chance to extend their unbeaten run to six matches in their bid against the drop.

After a lively opening to the game on a clear winters day, Glossop forced goalkeeper Greg Hartley into a number of fine stops. Brad Roscoe looked to have put the hosts ahead but his goal bound effort was pushed away by the visitors’ number one.

Atherton have enjoyed a renaissance of late so it came as no surprise when they created their own chances. In the tenth minute, Glen Matthews was left frustrated as the cross bar denied him a stunning long-range goal.

Glossop responded well to the threat and came close through a Chris Baguley free-kick. Atherton didn’t heed the warnings, and Glossop eventually took the lead just after the half hour mark. Atherton failed to deal with a free-kick into the box and Courtney Meppen-Walter bundled the ball home from close range.

One of the reasons for Glossop’s descent down the table has been their inability to put games to bed this season. So it wasn’t too surprising when Atherton responded within less than a minute. Ben Hardcastle executed a stunning strike into the top corner from 18 yards.

Atherton looked the better side in the opening stages of the second-half and they took the lead in the 63rd minute. Goalkeeper James Aspinall, on loan from Bolton Wanderers to cover for the injured Paul Phillips, attempted to start a counter attack with a long throw forward. However, his clearance landed at the feet of Vinny Bailey, who composed himself before lobbing the keeper from 30 yards out.

Glossop rarely threatened from this point and Atherton held our for the three points and their third consecutive win.


Pictures: Steve Dyson