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PREVIEW Glossop North End v Mossley
Monday 16th October 2017 @ 09:00 by Adam Higgins
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Glossop North End welcome local rivals Mossley to Surrey Street for the second time this season on Tuesday night (kick-off 19:45 BST). 

The Hillmen will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the last time the Lilywhites visited, after being knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup at the first hurdle following a disappointing 2-0 loss.

Paul Phillips was sent off for throwing the ball at Mossley players celebrating a goal as joint-manager Steve Halford tasted defeat against his former employers.

It remains the only game Glossop have lost on home soil this season and this time they will be starting their quest in the first round of the Integro Doodson League Cup, also known as the Northern Premier League Cup.

The Hillmen have already advanced in the FA Trophy, beating Tadcaster Albion to progress, and will be looking to follow suit in this competition in midweek.

North End are in a fine run of form at present, unbeaten in eight games and in a good position in the promotion race in the Evo-Stik First Division North as they chase a fourth win in the last five home matches.

But the third-top team lost ground on the top two on Saturday after a 2-2 draw at home to struggling Radcliffe Borough, in which a missed penalty by Courtney Meppen-Walter in the second half proved costly.

It was an eventful game, which was marred by a serious injury to Boro defender Matthew Williams, forcing play to be delayed by 20 minutes in the first period.

Of concern to Glossop will be the fact they have only kept one clean sheet since the end of August – which incidentally came in their last cup tie, the 2-0 victory at Tadcaster which booked an FA Trophy first qualifying round tie against Matlock Town on October 28.

Tuesday’s tie continues a busy month for the Hillmen, who have seven games in total and will get another chance to have a cup run in the Manchester Premier Cup against Trafford – their next league opponents on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Mossley will arrive in buoyant mood on the back of a four-game unbeaten streak in all competitions.

Last Saturday, the Tameside outfit came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at league leaders Bamber Bridge, who are also the current holders of the Integro Doodson League Cup.

It followed a 3-1 victory over Skelmersdale United to progress in the FA Trophy and seeing off rivals Ashton United on penalties at home following a 1-1 draw – which was the same scoreline in their game at Clitheroe on September 30.

The Glossop defence will also have to be wary of Danny McLaughlin, who will be looking to score for the third game in a row, and experienced striker Mike Fish, who is itching to net his first goal since returning for a fourth spell at the club earlier this month.

Peter Band and Lloyd Morrison’s men are currently sitting comfortably in mid-table in the eighth tier of English football, occupying 12th spot with 17 points from 12 league games.

Their record on the road has also been largely inconsistent, firing five past Kendal on the opening day and seeing off Glossop in the FA Cup before losing four successive away games prior to the last two draws.

But Mossley – who have three consecutive home matches after this tie – will look to replicate what they did against Glossop just two months ago in a bid for a hat-trick of wins over the Hillmen following the 2-1 success at Seel Park back in April, which secured their survival last season.

The sides have become acquainted even more this season, with their two league meetings still to come – at Surrey Street on Boxing Day and on Easter Monday, April 2 next year, at Seel Park.

Given their current form, both teams should be confident and it should make for an exciting match, with a place in the second round at stake.

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