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Glossop revive playoff hopes with victory at Brighouse Town
Monday 9th April 2018 @ 09:36 by Mark Phillip

Evo-Stik First Division North

Brighouse Town 0-2 Glossop North End

It is now almost five weeks since Glossop North End saw joint managers Steve Halford and Paul Phillips walk out of the club.
The timing of the move made the end of the season look very difficult for the Hillmen and for the fans.

Thankfully the joint caretaker managers, Mark Canning and Andy Bishop, have stabilised the situation. Encouraging draws at home to Droylsden and away at Bamber Bridge were followed by a narrow home win over Colwyn Bay.

The Hillmen headed over the Pennines in good spirits on Saturday to face a Brighouse side who won 4-3 at Ossett Town last Thursday.

Weather conditions meant that this was the first game Brighouse had managed to play at home since February 17 and the pitch was still very wet.

Both teams took a while to settle in the heavy conditions but Brighouse had more of the possession without really threatening the Glossop goal.

North End, however, looked dangerous on the few occasions that they got the ball forward and so it proved just after the half hour when a good through ball put Lewis Lacy in on goal and he finished calmly into the bottom left corner. Glossop then finished the half strongly with a string of corners.

Confidence boosted by that opening goal, things got even better for the Hillmen early in the second half.

On 52 minutes, Kane Hickman’s excellent pass once again put Lacy through on goal. His decisive finish made it 2-0.

Glossop fans were worried when captain Adam Jones had to leave the pitch with an injury.

Joint manager Andy Bishop came on to shore up central defence.

Brighouse never stopped trying but all their efforts could not create any clear chances. Glossop still looked dangerous on the break and Darrhyl Mason had a great effort tipped over by Hallwood in the Brighouse goal.

The work rate from the Glossop players was very impressive as they closed out the game for a very encouraging away win.

Jack Higgs and Kane Hickman in midfield deserve particular credit for their tireless running and tackling.

It was also pleasing to see Glossop Junior Mason Davies get another opportunity as a second half substitute.

After the game, joint manager Mark Canning said: “We knew it would be tough today. Brighouse always attack in numbers and we had to deal with that. The pitch made it difficult to play passing football.

“Andy and myself thought that the team adapted well to the conditions”.

Asked about his thoughts for the rest of the season, Mark said that the team is in good heart.

“Training has been excellent. We have some very tough games ahead of us, but the spirit is good and we are not afraid of anyone.”

By Jim Joyce

Pictures: Steve Dyson