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REPORT Glossop North End slip to slender Scarborough loss
Sunday 26th March 2017 @ 18:07 by Adam Higgins
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Report by Adam Higgins
Pictures by Steve Dyson

Glossop North End’s play-off hopes took a setback on Saturday after a 1-0 defeat at Scarborough Athletic in the Evo-Stik First Division North.

Striker Jacob Hazel scored the only goal of a tight and physical contest with a thunderous 25-yard strike into the top corner in the 69th minute to take all three points.

The Hillmen had won five of their previous six matches but their impressive recent form, which had seen them win three successive away games, was dealt another unexpected blow and their cause wasn’t helped after losing influential keeper Matt Cooper to injury at half-time.

Chris Willcock’s men stay fourth in the table but are now three points behind third-placed Trafford, who won 2-0 at Ramsbottom United, with six games of the regular league season remaining.

Warm welcome: The players were greeted onto the field by youngsters from two Scarborough-based primary schools

After the teams were welcomed onto the pitch by a guard of honour from young children from two Scarborough primary schools, both sides made a bright start on a sunny afternoon at Queensgate.

Scarborough had the better of the early chances as Hazel fired wide of the post after seizing on a defensive mistake.

The Hillmen’s best opportunity in the first half came when a header by Adam Jones was flicked towards goal by Nicky Platt but the ball drifted wide of the post.

Glossop came under the cosh, however, and were indebted to some fine goalkeeping from Cooper, who also required treatment when a strike from Benny Igiehon struck him full in the stomach after the striker was released on goal but he was able to resume.

Cooper was called upon again when Seadogs winger Cameron Murray cut inside from the left flank and curled a shot which was bound for the bottom corner before the keeper dived to palm the ball away.

Further presentable opportunities fell the way of the hosts as Murray split open the Glossop backline to pick out Igiehon but his cross from a dangerous position wasn’t up to scratch.

Igiehon was then put in on goal by a fine through ball from player-assistant manager Chris Bolder before a last-ditch challenge from Paul Dugdale saved the day for the visitors. From the resulting corner, Igiehon guided an angled header towards goal but it was well held by Cooper.

The match became scrappy as the first half drew to a close, with Hillmen defender Adam Jones picking up a knock to the head before Hazel became involved in a minor spat with James Hurtley which the referee dealt with.

Having failed to shake off his earlier problem, Cooper was taken off at the break as Max Leonard came on and midfielder Ben Richardson went in between the sticks as a makeshift stopper.

Tight: There have only been four goals altogether in the last four encounters between the two sides

The Hillmen were first to threaten after the restart as the in-form forward Karl Jones, who had scored four goals in his previous three appearances, attempted an acrobatic overhead effort which Joe Green got down low to keep out.

The Seadogs keeper also had to be alert to keep out a fierce shot by Platt from the edge of the area as Glossop’s encouraging start to the second half continued.

Green then raced out of his area in a bid to clear the danger but Jones could not get the ball out of his feet and, more importantly, find the back of the net.

Dominic Roma had an effort which replacement stopper Richardson found too hot to handle for Scarborough and, as the game opened up, the hosts took advantage and broke the deadlock through Hazel’s fine long-distance strike.

The hosts almost added a second when, at the end of a lovely passing move, Hazel unselfishly tried to set up the heavily involved Igiehon but Richardson made a fine last-ditch intervention to let Glossop off the hook.

From the resulting corner, defender Matty Turnbull headed over from inside the box in the 72nd minute.

Glossop handed a debut to promising 21-year-old striker Mason Davies from the bench in place of Jones and, as they rallied in the closing stages, Dale Johnson rose highest to head just over the Boro crossbar from a Dugdale cross before the striker rifled a shot over the crossbar in stoppage time.

But, despite their best efforts, the Hillmen could not find a leveller as Scarborough, in their first game for a fortnight, held on for a second win in nine games which moved them to within four points of the top five.

Glossop must now pick themselves up when returning to Surrey Street on Tuesday night to face mid-table Tadcaster Albion, who they have already beaten 2-0 on home soil this season in the FA Trophy back in October.

Profligate: Glossop could not take their chances as the Seadogs snatched victory on a sunny Saturday in Scarborough

TEAMS:

Scarborough Athletic: Green, Price, Merris, A Bolder (Flint 76), Turnbull, Roma, Cadman (Ible 82), C Bolder (Nelthorpe 62), Igiemon, Hazel, Murray.

Subs not used: Porter

Goals: Hazel (69′)

Glossop North End: Cooper, Jacobs, Dugdale, Hurtley, Rick, Platt, Heeley, A Jones, Johnson, Richardson, K Jones (Davies 73).

Subs not used: Leonard, Parker, Lowe, Turner.

Referee: N Guest
Attendance: 439