Glossop suffer heaviest defeat of the season at Colne
Monday 19th February 2018 @ 16:57 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Evo-Stik First Division North

Colne 5-0 Glossop North End

 

Glossop North End’s playoff chances were dealt a blow on Saturday as Colne ran riot in a 5-0 victory.

The result, which marked the club’s heaviest defeat of the season, sees Glossop drop to 11th spot and three points outside the playoffs.

What’s more, the result also means the Hillmen have conceded nine goals in their previous two games and failed to score in both.

In stark contrast, Colne have enjoyed a revival since the turn of the New Year, so it came as no surprise that they took the lead in the early stages through hat-trick hero Alex Curran.

After capitalising on a long ball over the top, Curran darted forward and slotted past the onrushing James Aspinall into the bottom right corner. Aspinall was making his Glossop debut after player-manager Paul Phillips was ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious injury to both hands.

Despite a number of openings, it took Colne until the 36th minute to double their lead. Similar to the first goal, it was a case of sloppy Glossop defending that allowed Matthew Morgan through on goal and he converted with aplomb.

Glossop’s day went from bad to worse in the opening stages of the second-half. Curran grabbed his second of the game – and Colne’s third – in the 49th minute. A long ball over the top caught the Glossop defence napping again, and Curran was in the right place at the right time to convert from six yards out.

The Hillmen did, however, have an opportunity to reduce the arrears shortly after. However, after finding himself with bags of space, Brad Roscoe headed over from a corner.

Curran sealed his hat-trick 20 minutes later. Great work rate and endeavour down the left flank from Oliver Crankshaw ended at the feet of Harry Pratt, who crossed in for Curran to slot home from close range.

Aspinall was beaten with a fifth strike in the final ten minutes. After tricky play down the right wing, the ball fell to Connor Hughes inside the box, who turned past one defender and slotted home into the bottom left corner.

Paul Phillips and Steve Halford’s side have a crucially important fixture at Ossett Town on Tuesday, who currently sit two places and six points below the Hillmen.

They enter the game on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Hyde United on Saturday. The result kept the Tigers in second spot and just three points below leaders South Shields. The two sides meet each other on Tuesday night at Ewen Fields.

 

Attendance: 344

Pictures: Steve Dyson