PREVIEW Ossett Albion v Glossop North End
Thursday 7th September 2017 14:49 Previews Sports Posted by Adam Higgins

Glossop North End will be looking to make it back-to-back wins for the second time this season when travelling to struggling Ossett Albion on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 15:00 BST). 

The Hillmen – who beat Goole and Clitheroe in their opening two games of the campaign – earned their first victory in five games in all competitions on Tuesday night after putting five past Brighouse Town at Surrey Street.

But, for the third time this season, Glossop were reduced to 10 men as Liam Brownhill saw red early on – following in the footsteps of goalkeepers Paul Phillips and Russell Saunders – and the former FC United full-back will be suspended for the trip to the Warehouse Systems Stadium this weekend.

Despite Brownhill’s absence and Matt Russell battling an injury, Phillips and fellow joint-manager Steve Halford will be hoping their side can tighten up defensively, having conceded at least two goals in four of their last five matches, and improve their away record, following successive defeats on the road at Skelmersdale and Ramsbottom United.

North End sit fifth in the Evo-Stik First Division North after six games and are one of three teams on 10 points but the rest of the top half of the table, with the exception of Prescot Cables, have matches in hand on them.

Meanwhile, Ossett find themselves in 20th place and still searching for their first league win of 2017-18, having taken just a solitary point from their opening six games – in a goalless draw at home to Brighouse in their previous home match, which also brought their first clean sheet of the season.

But they suffered a 3-1 defeat at newly-promoted and league leaders South Shields in midweek and now boast the second leakiest defence in the 22-team league, shipping 17 goals in total so far.

Among the toughest points of a torrid August saw Richard Tracey’s men lose 7-1 at Tadcaster Albion and 2-1 at home to local rivals Ossett Town, as well as being dumped out of the FA Cup after a 4-3 defeat at home to second-placed Droylsden.

But the West Yorkshire outfit, in their 13th successive season in the eighth tier of English football, will take solace from the fact they beat Glossop 2-1 at home last term, following a 3-2 defeat at Surrey Street almost a year ago.

Both sides will be looking to record a positive result with tough matches to come later in the month and fans could be in for another tight contest.