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REPORT Glossop North End beat nine-man Droylsden in thriller
Wednesday 20th September 2017 @ 08:49 by Adam Higgins
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Callum Chippendale scored twice in three second-half minutes as Glossop North End beat nine-man Droylsden 3-2 in a thriller at the Butcher’s Arms on Tuesday night. 

Glossop took the lead, largely against the run of play, just before half-time when Connor Martin rifled home from inside the box.

The Bloods turned it around in the second half through Ciaran Kilheeney and Liam Caddick but the Hillmen came roaring back in a topsy-turvy affair as Chippendale converted a penalty and then followed up after Ben Deegan’s lobbed effort came off the crossbar a few minutes later.

Droylsden had Luke Daly and Danny Hall both sent off in the final five minutes but Glossop held out for three crucial points in an entertaining spectacle to leapfrog Droylsden into second place in the Evo-Stik First Division North.

It was billed as a decisive early-season clash in East Manchester as second took on third before the start of play and there was a lively start to the local derby, setting the tone for a pulsating clash.

In the early stages, Droylsden’s Dominic Smith fired a shot wide and forced a fine save from Glossop keeper Russell Saunders before Caddick saw his effort rebound back of the post after breaking clear and Kilheeney rifled an effort just over the crossbar.

The Bloods were the more dangerous outfit in the first half, with Glossop not helping themselves by failing to keep hold of the ball, but it was the visitors who took the lead with a minute to play before half-time.

Martin, who fired a shot wide earlier on in the game, found space in the box to receive the ball, take one touch to control and find the corner exquisitely.

But Droylsden seized the initiative at the start of the second half and turned the game on its head as captain Kilheeney slotted home from six yards from Smith’s inch-perfect cutback and Caddick had the simple task of scoring from close range after Daly took the ball wide with Saunders advancing before squaring unselfishly to his team-mate.

Glossop made a double change as Liam Wood and former Droylsden striker Ben Deegan entered the action and the changes altered the complexion once again as the pendulum swung back towards the Hillmen.

It was Deegan who make the first impact as Ben Barber was adjudged to have fouled him inside the box and Chippendale converted the resulting spotkick before, three minutes later, Deegan’s chipped effort came back off the crossbar and Chippendale was on hand to cooly convert the loose ball past Bloods keeper Richie Branagan.

It sparked a frantic end to the contest which started to go horribly wrong for Droylsden, who saw Daly given a straight red card for reacting to an off-the-ball incident before Hall was shown a second yellow card by referee Lewis Naper three minutes later for a wild challenge on Deegan.

It was the Bloods who pressed for an equaliser, however, in the dying embers as Smith produced a fine diving stop from Saunders before a huge shout for a penalty was waved away as the hosts claimed that a Glossop defender cleared the ball off the goalline with their hand.

But Glossop survived the appeals and saw out a fourth successive victory to move to within two points of leaders South Shields as Dave Pace’s men suffered their first home defeat of the campaign in a terrific game packed with talking points.

TEAMS:

Droylsden: Branagan, Antoine Clarke, Barber, Alex Frost, Danny Hall, Smith, Daly, Caddick, Kilheeney (c), Smith, Metcalfe.

Substitutes bench: Steve Hall, Jamie Frost, Rudge, Rouse, Bagshaw.

Goals: Kilheeney (56′), Caddick (69′)

Sent-off: Daly (85′), Hall (88′)

Glossop North End: Saunders, Haslam, Hill, Gorton (c), Jones, Meppen-Walter (Brazel 61′), Lenighan, Rick, Martin (Deegan 70′), Chippendale, Matty Russell (Wood 70′).

Substitutes bench: Deegan, Turner, Wood, Brazel, Brownhill.

Goals: Martin (44′), Chippendale (79′ pen, 82′)

Referee: Lewis Raper
Attendance: 277

 

Main picture:

Joy unconfined: Glossop North End celebrate taking the lead against Droylsden (Picture by Steve Dyson)

 

WATCH: See the highlights from a thrilling game, courtesy of GNE TV