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Glossop fight back to earn valuable point at Bamber Bridge
Monday 26th March 2018 @ 17:07 by Mark Phillip

Evo-Stik First Division North
Bamber Bridge 1-1 Glossop North End

Glossop North End interim manager Mark Canning claimed his second point in charge of the club with a 1-1 draw at Bamber Bridge on Saturday.

The Hillmen were made to fight for the point after falling behind in the 22nd minute. Alistair Waddecar put the hosts ahead with a stunning free kick, but Glossop responded 11 minutes later through Courtney Meppen-Walter. The former Manchester City player converted from the penalty spot to take a share of the spoils.

The result leaves Glossop in 11th spot and nine points outside the play-off zone, although they do boast two games in hand on 6th place Trafford.

Glossop entered the game having drawn 1-1 with Droylsden on Tuesday, while Bamber boosted their playoff credentials with a 3-2 victory over title-chasing South Shields.

The contrast in the two sides fortunes in recent weeks suggested it might be a long afternoon for the Hillmen – and that prophecy came to light in the 22nd minute when Waddecar put the hosts ahead with a stunning free kick.

Glossop’s back line had been peppered with attacks form the very first whistle, and the defenders were reduced to given away cheap fouls in dangerous areas. Bamber had been profligate with these set pieces until Waddecar stepped up and made one count, curling in a beauty over the wall and past the helpless Russ Saunders.

To their credit, Glossop responded well and came close through Meppen-Walter, but his strike drew a fine save from Lloyd Rigby in goal.

Meppen-Walter didn’t have to wait too long to register his name on the score sheet. Matt Lawlor was adjudged to have brought down Mason inside the box, leaving the referee with no alternative but to award a penalty. Meppen-Walter stepped up and sent Rigby the wrong way.

Glossop looked the livelier side in the second half and Meppen-Walter came close again. Rigby was called into action in the 51st minute and tipped over a goal bound volley.

The visitors continued to apply the pressure and came close through Kane Hickman and Mason.

However, their efforts almost proved futile, as Brighouse were awarded a penalty. Danny Forbes was clipped inside the area, forcing the referee to act for a second time in the afternoon. However, Adam Dodd’s effort was well saved by Saunders, and Glossop held out for the final few minutes to take a point back to Derbyshire.