REPORT Glossop North End’s winning run ended by draw
Sunday 1st October 2017 09:20 Reports Sports Posted by Adam Higgins

Report by Adam Higgins
Pictures by Steve Dyson

Glossop North End’s five-match winning run came to an end as they played out a 1-1 draw with Atherton Collieries on Saturday.

After a goalless first half, Courtney Meppen-Walter looked to have put Glossop on course for a sixth successive victory when he opened the scoring in the 70th minute.

But, five minutes from time, Iain Howard levelled matters for the Colls as it finished all-square, which was a fair result on the balance of play in tough conditions.

With South Shields in FA Cup action, the Hillmen had the opportunity to go top of the Evo-Stik First Division North but they remain a point behind the leaders and slipped down one place to third, with the three teams directly around them having games in hand.

Stalemate: It was Glossop’s first draw on the road this season as they travelled back from Wigan with a point

Glossop made the trip to The Kensite in buoyant mood but it was a quiet opening to the game, with neither side able to seize control, which wasn’t helped by the slippy surface.

The visitors created the first clear-cut chance midway through the first half when Jude Oyibo, Glossop’s Player of the Month for August, ran at the defence for the first time and laid the ball back to Chris Baguley, but he fired over the crossbar from the edge of the box.

Adam Jones then glanced a header wide from a corner shortly before the break as both defences were well on top in a game where opportunities were few and far between.

Canine: There was an intruder on the pitch in the first half!

Indeed, the most exciting moment in the opening 45 minutes was when play had to be briefly stopped because a dog ran onto the pitch.

Glossop made a bright start to the second period as Baguley saw a shot comfortably saved by Colls keeper Adam Reid but the hosts came into the game as Russell Saunders was forced into action in the Hillmen goal to keep out a skidding low shot from Colls skipper Bradley Cooke.

Paul Phillips and Steve Halford sent on Gary Gee – a player they know well from their managerial stints at Ashton United and Stalybridge Celtic – for his Glossop debut and Liam Wood in place of Lee Rick and Jason Hill midway through the half.

Easy does it: Meppen-Walter’s flicked header evades the clutches of Atherton keeper Adam Reid to put Glossop in front

It wasn’t long afterwards that the visitors were in front as Courtney Meppen-Walter, after scoring three penalties already this term, netted his first goal from open play. The former Stockport County man got the feintest of touches to Baguley’s floated free-kick from the halfway line to guide it past Reid and give Glossop a 70th minute lead.

But Glossop were guilty of inviting pressure by heading towards the corner too early in an attempt to run down the clock as Colls got the equaliser they deserved in the 85th minute.

Joyous: The Collieries players celebrate their late leveller with their coaches in the dugout

Substitute Darrhyl Mason did brilliantly down the left hand side and got the luck of the bounce in his favour after beating Matthew Russell before cutting it back for Howard to slot home.

Indeed, the visitors were left holding on at the end as Collieries pushed for a winner and Saunders had to be alert to deny Ben Hardcastle’s effort before sub Jordan Cover hit a screamer wide of the target.

In the end, Glossop would have settled for a point which maintains their unbeaten run and must now wait until Saturday to play again.

With Tuesday night’s game against Scarborough now postponed due to the Seadogs’ FA Cup replay, the Hillmen put league business aside for the start of the FA Trophy, with a Preliminary Round tie at fellow eighth-tier outfit Tadcaster Albion.

TEAMS:

Atherton Collieries: Adam Reid, Christopher Lynch, Daniel Lambert (Darrhyl Mason 74′), Richard Smith, Jamie Forbes, Danny Lafferty, Ben Hardcastle, Bradley Cooke (c) (Kristian Holt 75′), Ashley Woods (Jordan Cover 65′), Iain Howard, Gareth Peet.

Substitutes not used: Rory Gorman, Robert Sadler.

Goal: Howard (85′)

Glossop North End: Russell Saunders, Jason Hill (Liam Wood 65′), Kisimba Kisimba, Matthew Russell, Adam Jones, Courtney Meppen-Walter, Harry Brazel, Lee Rick (Gary Gee 61′), Jude Oyibo, Callum Chippendale, Chris Baguley (Connor Martin 78′).

Substitutes not used: Mark Haslam, Ben Deegan.

Goal: Meppen-Walter (70′)

Referee: Jake Topp
Attendance: 241

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