Glossop fight back to take a share of the points against Droylsden
Monday 24th September 2018 13:44 Sports Posted by Mark Phillip

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Glossop North End 1-1 Droylsden

The points were shared in this hard fought local derby with both sides ending the game with ten men at Surrey Street.

Droylsden had taken the lead from a free kick by new signing Febian Brandy before the interval but the lead was cancelled out with twenty minutes left with Darren McKnight’s strike from just outside the area finding the bottom corner of Chris Thompson’s net.

Chances were few and far between early in the first half, Thompson was called into action early turning a header from Ollie Thornley from a long throw round the post while a great block from centre half Dylan Smith got in the way of a Jordan Bove shot which seemed destined for the back of the net.

Chris Thompson was called into action again on the half hour mark when another long throw landed at the feet of Jason Hill but it was the Bloods who took the lead shortly after.

Febian Brandy, fouled on the edge of the area by Matty Russell, curled a superb free kick into the top corner of Russ Saunders’ net.

The Bloods were forced into a change on the stroke of half time, Shaun Holden pulling up with what appeared a hamstring injury and replaced by Ben Barber.

It was Barber who came close to getting a second for the Bloods after the resumption, his shot from outside the area whistling past the far post while Brandy from a tight angle saw his effort go across the face of goal.

As the game opened out, Liam Caddick saw his effort hit the outside of the post.

But the game changed with twenty minutes left, another long throw was only half cleared by the Bloods, with the ball falling at the feet of Darren McKnight who’s shot through a crowd of players ended in the bottom corner of the net.

Two sendings off in the space of eight minutes, North End skipper Matty Russell and Droylsden midfielder Luke Daly both for second bookable offences while in between Chris Thompson saved at the feet of Darrhyl Mason as the striker burst through the centre.

Droylsden could have taken the lead with five minutes left, substitute Ollie Ford put through only to shoot straight at Saunders while claims for a clear penalty were waved away by the referee after Brandy was upended in the box

But the home side looked the more certain to take the three points as the Bloods defence seemed to lose shape as the game ended and only a brilliant save from Thompson into injury time denied Mason the winning goal.

By Nigel Barlow

Pictures: Steve Dyson