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PREVIEW Glossop North End v Trafford
Monday 23rd October 2017 @ 06:58 by Adam Higgins
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Glossop North End will look to make amends for Saturday’s defeat when facing Trafford for the second time in three days in the Manchester Premier Cup on Tuesday night (kick-off 19:45 BST). 

The Hillmen suffered their first loss in eight league games at the weekend when going down 3-2 against a Trafford side who played most of the second half with 10 men following Michael Monaghan’s dismissal.

The defeat at Shawe View left Glossop six points off both second-placed South Shields and leaders Bamber Bridge in the Evo-Stik First Division North in the promotion race.

But attention now turns to cup matters, where Paul Phillips and Steve Halford’s side will be desperate for an instant reaction under the floodlights at Surrey Street.

Glossop haven’t enjoyed much success in the cup competitions so far this season, however, after going out of both the FA Cup and Integro Doodson League Cup at the hands of local rivals Mossley on home soil but they did make it through to the FA Trophy first qualifying round – when they will welcome Matlock Town on Saturday.

Indeed, North End have not won since beating Tadcaster Albion 2-0 away from home at the start of the month to book that aforementioned tie.

Given the result and the quick turnaround, joint-managers Phillips and Halford could make changes to the side deservedly beaten at Trafford on Saturday.

Connor Martin and Harry Brazel, who came on as second-half substitutes at the weekend, could return to the starting line-up – as could top scorer and September’s Player of the Month Ben Deegan, who was an unused sub.

Slender loss: Glossop won narrowly at Shawe View last season but lost by the odd goal in five at the weekend (Picture by Steve Dyson)

Trafford’s surrendering of a two-goal lead at the weekend might have brought back memories of their last visit to Surrey Street in August 2016, when they did the same after taking a 2-0 lead to end up drawing 2-2 in a league game.

The win, their third in a row in the league and fourth successive home victory in all competitions, lifted Tom Baker’s side five places to eighth in the table – two places off where they finished last season – and to within four points of the Hillmen.

The North are certainly building momentum at a good time but, like Glossop, they haven’t had much joy when it’s come to the cups, having been dumped out of the Integro Doodson League Cup by Hyde United on spotkicks at Ewen Fields last week and losing to high-flying Prescot Cables in the FA Trophy.

Both defences have struggled in recent weeks, with Trafford keeping just one clean sheet in their last 10 while Glossop have only kept a solitary shut-out in their last 11, so it should make for another entertaining spectacle between the sides.

Glossop have won this competition twice before, in successive years in 1997 and 1998, while Trafford have more recent memories of lifting the trophy, having beaten Hyde United on penalties in the 2013-14 final after a 2-2 draw at Bury’s Gigg Lane.

Both teams will feel confident that they can go all the way again to displace FC United of Manchester, who are the current holders after beating Stalybridge Celtic 1-0 at Oldham’s Boundary Park in last season’s final.

The Frank Hannah Manchester Premier Cup is a knockout competition between 16 teams from across Greater Manchester.

The winners of this tie will take on either Chadderton FC or Abbey Hey away from home in the quarter-finals, which will take place in the week commencing November 6.

Supporters who aren’t able to make the trip can still follow the action as it happens by tuning in to Hillmen Radio. Details can be accessed on Twitter, by following @hillmenradio or listen live at .