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REPORT Glossop beat Matlock in FA Trophy
Sunday 29th October 2017 @ 19:32 by Adam Higgins
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Report by Adam Higgins
Pictures by Steve Dyson

Glossop North End came from behind to score a late winner against Matlock Town and advance to the FA Trophy second qualifying round on Saturday afternoon.

Jude Oyibo slotted home to give Glossop a deserved lead at the break but Michael Williams levelled for the visitors shortly after the interval.

Matlock completed the turnaround when Shaun Harrad followed up his own penalty, which was saved by Paul Phillips, to net after Courtney Meppen-Walter was penalised for handball.

But the Hillmen kept going and responded through Oyibo’s close-range header before captain Adam Jones struck in the 85th minute to the delight of the home fans at Surrey Street.

Lucrative: Glossop have claimed £3,250 in prize money for advancing to the second qualifying round at the expense of 1975 FA Trophy winners Matlock

North End, currently fifth in the Evo-Stik First Division North, held on for an impressive win against a mid-table team in the league above and booked their place in Monday’s draw for the next round of the competition.

Phillips and joint-manager Steve Halford handed a debut to recent arrival Zeph Thomas, with fellow new recruit Tunde Owolabi on the bench.

It was the visitors who begun the brighter in the Derbyshire derby as Williams curled a shot from the edge of the box which Phillips tried to punch, but it slipped through his gloves and went behind for a corner, which came to nothing.

But it was Glossop who broke the deadlock in the 24th minute, as Oyibo used his pace to latch onto a ball over the top, scamper clear of the Matlock defence and finish coolly past Phil Barnes.

Calm: Teenage winger Oyibo kept his composure to finish well and give Glossop the lead in the first half

The Gladiators, who reached the second round proper last term, were desperate for a quick response and forced a flurry of corners to increase the pressure on the Glossop defence – which stayed firm, amid the windy conditions, until the break.

But, after both keepers were forced into good saves, the visitors got the equaliser five minutes into the second half when Williams was afforded space on the edge of the box to curl a sumptuous shot into the top corner.

It got better for the Evo-Stik Premier Division outfit just before the hour mark when referee Luke Freeman pointed to the spot after adjudging Meppen-Walter handled in the box.

Harrad stepped up to take it and saw his effort superbly saved by Phillips, but he tucked away the rebound to give Matlock the lead.

Phillips was forced into another fine save before Glossop had to clear off the line as a fired up Matlock, who clearly got a talking to at half-time, sought to increase their advantage further.

But the hosts, who sent on debutant Olowabi and striker Ben Deegan from the bench, stemmed the tide and came back into the game well before drawing level on 76 minutes.

Matty Russell curled in a cross which was missed by Deegan and fellow forward Dale Johnson but Oyibo stole in at the back post to nod home his second of the game.

On cue: Glossop’s number seven Oyibo headed home his fifth goal of the season from close range to make it 2-2

The cup tie ebbed and flowed in the closing stages but, with five minutes to go, Glossop grabbed what proved to be the decisive goal.

A free-kick 40 yards out was swung into the penalty area by substitute Chris Baguley, who scored in the previous round against Tadcaster, and defender Jones rose highest to head home.

Matlock pressed in search of another equaliser, which would have forced a replay at The Autoworld Arena on Tuesday night, and had the ball in the net in stoppage time but it was ruled out for offside.

Glossop breathed a huge sigh of relief and loud cheers greeted the final whistle as the Hillmen secured a first win in four games and a lucrative place in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy for the first time since being promoted in 2014-15.


Glossop North End: Paul Phillips, Matty Russell, Matt Russell, Adam Jones (c), Lee Rick (Chris Baguley 81), Courtney Meppen-Walter, Jude Oyibo, Gary Gee, Dale Johnson, Zeph Thomas (Ben Deegan 73), Liam Wood (Tunde Olowabi 73).

Unused substitutes: Mark Haslam, Kane Hickman.

Goals: Oyibo (24’, 76’), Jones (85’)

Matlock Town: Phil Barnes, Mickey Harcourt, Jake Green, Kieron Wallace, Nico Degirolamo, Dwayne Wiley (c), Rhys Sharpe, Michael Williams, Shaun Harrad, Tyrell Waite, Ted Cribley.

Substitutes bench: Joe Doyle-Charles, Nathan Whitehead, Harry Wood, Noel Burdett.

Goals: Williams (50’), Harrad (59’)

Referee: Luke Freeman
Attendance: 310 

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Celebrations: Adam Jones wheels away in delight after heading home the winner late on for Glossop