REPORT Glossop North End strike late to see off Goole
Sunday 12th March 2017 @ 17:30 by Adam Higgins
Glossop Chronicle Reports Sports

By Sam McKeown
Pictures by Steve Dyson

Glossop North End made it four wins in a row as they eased to a 2-0 victory over second-bottom Goole at Surrey Street on Saturday.

Substitute Dale Johnson put Glossop in front on 80 minutes, pouncing on a howler from Goole goalkeeper Thomas Beaurepaire.

Another replacement, Karl Jones, put the game to bed after calmly slotting home from just inside the box on 85 minutes to make it 2-0.

Goole’s best chance came in the 71st minute after the ball fell to Danny Chambers, who fluffed wide from six yards out.

On target: Karl Jones made the game safe for the in-form Hillmen with a composed finish with five minutes remaining

Glossop moved up one place to third, with two games in hand on third-placed Trafford, whilst defeat leaves second-bottom Goole nine points adrift of safety with nine games remaining.

The Hillmen started off brightly with a strong header from striker Mike Norton testing Goole’s keeper early on.

More high pressing from Glossop followed, including two disallowed goals and a cross from Max Leonard that whistled across goal.

The away side rarely threatened the home team’s goal in a frustrating and ill-tempered first half.

Boost: The win gives Glossop a much-needed lift in their bid to secure a play-off place for the second successive season with nine games to play

The second half brought more of the same from a Glossop side that were on the front foot from the word go.

Apart from their 71st minute chance, the relegation-threatened East Yorkshire men could only muster wild shots from distance, which went either wayward or well-over.

Chris Willcock’s men had to remain patient to unlock a stubborn and, admittedly, lucky Goole defence, which eventually gave way in the closing stages.

A Dugdale cross was too hot for Beaurepaire to handle and Johnson, who netted on his debut against Colwyn Bay last month, was on hand to pounce on the keeper’s error and poke in at the second attempt for his second Glossop goal.

Error: Goole keeper Beaurepaire made a mistake which allowed Dale Johnson to open the scoring for Glossop late on

Shortly after, Jones and Nicky Platt were introduced from the bench for the Hillmen, in place of Rick and Norton.

And, within two minutes of his arrival and with his first touch of the ball, Jones latched onto a neat through-pass from Martyn Andrews and notched exquisitely with a clipped finish for his sixth goal of the season.

Platt could have added gloss to the scoreline in stoppage time after Beaurepaire kept out a terrific Jones shot but could only hit the rebound straight at the former Hyde keeper, in goal for the visitors.

After the final whistle, Goole substitute Adam Porritt was sent off for foul and abusive language.

It wasn’t a memorable game but the Hillmen, who had lost three successive games before their current winning sequence, got the job done to seal another three points which gives them some breathing space in the top five.

Glossop will be back in action on Tuesday night for the visit of bottom club Burscough to Surrey Street, where they hope it will be third time lucky after two failed attempts to play the fixture last month due to a waterlogged pitch.

Winning feeling: Glossop North End fans have seen their team win three of their four home games in 2017

TEAMS:

Glossop North End: Cooper, Jacobs, Dugdale, Hurtley, Jones, Andrews, Rick, Heeley, Norton (c), Leonard, Richardson.

Substitutes: Platt, Jones, Johnson.

Goals: Johnson (81′), Jones (85′)

Goole AFC: Beaurepaire, Shelley, Jeff, Patterson, Varley, Colbear, Robson, Dixon (c), Chambers, Morton, Johnson.

Substitutes: Porritt, Law, Barrett, Stannard, Modest.

Referee: Jack Nield
Attendance:
293

 

WATCH: See highlights of Glossop North End’s win over Goole, courtesy of GNE TV, by clicking the play button below

 

Main picture:

Jumping for joy: Karl Jones celebrates after scoring the second goal to seal the points for the Hillmen