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PREVIEW Trafford v Glossop North End
Thursday 19th October 2017 @ 06:57 by Adam Higgins
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Glossop North End are back in league action on Saturday afternoon with a trip to Trafford FC (kick-off 15:00 BST).

The Hillmen come into the game on the back of another cup disappointment in the Integro Doodson League Cup in midweek, after losing 4-3 on penalties to local rivals Mossley in the first round following a 1-1 draw at Surrey Street.

It’s the second time Glossop have been knocked out of a cup competition by the Lilywhites this season after a 2-0 defeat in the FA Cup preliminary round in August.

This weekend’s game represents the first of a double header against the North, who will travel to Surrey Street next Tuesday night in the first round of the Manchester Premier Cup.

Glossop have fond memories of their last visit to Shawe View when they won 1-0 courtesy of a fine strike from last season’s departed top scorer Max Leonard – a result back in February which boosted their play-off hopes at the time, but they ended up missing out a place in the top five on the final day of the season.

The Hillmen also showed spirit to come from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against Trafford at Surrey Street in the league last term.

Although they didn’t lose in 90 minutes, Tuesday’s penalty shoot-out loss and subsequent cup exit effectively brought an end to Glossop’s impressive eight-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

Paul Phillips and Steve Halford’s men have won three of their last four away games but still haven’t kept a clean sheet in the league since the end of August.

They are still in a good position at the top of the Evo-Stik First Division North, sitting in third place heading into the weekend, having taken an average of two points from their 12 league games so far.

The Hillmen are three points behind second-placed South Shields, who have two games in hand, and six points adrift of leaders Bamber Bridge, who have played one match more.

Like Glossop, Trafford were also dumped out of the Integro Doodson League Cup at the first hurdle on penalties, as they lost 5-4 in a shoot-out following a goalless draw against Glossop’s local rivals Hyde United at Ewen Fields.

Despite also being knocked out of the FA Trophy by high-flying Prescot Cables, Tom Baker’s side have won their last two league games, scoring seven goals in the process.

They stormed to a 4-1 victory at Ossett Albion last weekend and saw off Clitheroe 3-1 in their previous home game.

Shut-outs have also been hard to come by for the Flixton outfit, having kept the opposition at bay just once in the last nine in all competitions.

The North have largely been better on home soil, however, as they chase a fourth successive win at Shawe View, where they impressively dismantled another of Glossop’s near-neighbours, Droylsden, last month with a convincing 3-0 success.

Trafford’s performances generally have been strong and defy their mid-table standing, with 17 points from 14 games. As they look to improve on their current 13th place position, such is the tight nature of the league table, three points could take them as high as seventh depending on other results elsewhere.

In what is a busy month in the cups for Glossop, they will have only played three league games in October – with a home clash against Scarborough Athletic to come on Halloween – so will have opportunities to earn more points and catch up on the teams around them.

The Hillmen will start as marginal favourites but, as last season’s results against Trafford proved, it will be far from an easy ride.

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 .

 

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