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Glossop lead twice but fall to defeat against Ossett Albion
Monday 16th April 2018 @ 15:00 by Mark Phillip

Evo-Stik First Division North

Glossop 2-3 Ossett Albion


Glossop North End’s playoff hopes hang by a thread after a 3-2 defeat to Ossett Albion at Surrey Street.

Despite taking the lead twice in the fixture through Courtney Meppen-Walter and Lewis Lacy, Ossett hit back and won the game through Jacob Young and Adam Priestley’s brace.

The result leaves Glossop in 10th spot and nine points outside the playoffs ahead of Tuesday’s clash at leaders South Shields, while Ossett, who are rejuvenated under manager Andy Welsh, climb to 16th spot after one loss in their previous ten games.

Glossop started the game livelier side and put the Ossett defence under serious pressure from the first whistle. The hosts’ efforts to nick an early goal were rewarded in the third minute when Meppen-Walter found the ball on the edge of the box and hit a powerful effort which left the Ossett ‘keeper grabbing at thin air.

Mark Canning’s side continued to apply the pressure and arguably should have been awarded a penalty shortly after. However, the referee waved away the appeals after Callum Spooner was brought down by Young.

The Hillmen should have been two nil up in the following minutes, but Ben Richardson was unable to lob the keeper after capitalising on Meppen-Walter’s free-kick when one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

At the other end of the pitch, goalkeeper Russ Saunders was given a massive let-off after spilling a ball into the path of the onrushing Ossett player, who hit an effort well over the bar from six yards out.

The visitors did, however, find their equaliser shortly after from a corner. A ball to the back post made its way to Derek Ubah, who nodded back into the six-yard box for Young to poke home.

Ossett were the better side in the opening stages of the second-half and had their own penalty waved away, but Glossop responded well and reasserted their lead in the 55th minute. After the keeper made a hash of a long range effort, Lacy was on hand to slot home from a tight angle with the help of the post.

The Unicorns looked destined for relegation before Christmas, but the managerial appointment of former Sunderland winger Welsh has seen the club move up the table with a string of impressive results.

It therefore came as no surprise when they levelled matters four minutes later. Priestley was in the right place at the right time to notch from close range.

And the striker came up trumps 11 minutes later to win the game for Ossett. A cross drilled in from the by-line was powered home by Priestley from six yards out.

Despite their best efforts in the closing stages, Glossop were unable to find an equaliser, and their hopes of securing a playoff spot are all but over.

Pictures: Steve Dyson