Hillmen go marching on
Wednesday 31st October 2018 @ 14:12 by Mark Phillip

Lancashire/Cheshire Division One

Fleetwood 14-39 Glossop


Glossop picked up another five points on the Lancashire coast at Fleetwood, on a bright but blustery day. 

The Hillmen kicked off into the strong breeze, which was blowing straight downfield, knowing that with the elements against them in the first half they would have to play a patient and controlled game. 

Things started well, and when a Glossop penalty was kicked to the corner, the line out was taken well by Dave Stanley. 

The decision of the home forwards was to step away from the cleanly taken line out and force Glossop into conceding a penalty for offside, a ploy the Glossop pack have become all too familiar with. 

When this happened Stanley had the whereabouts to quickly turn and dart for the line, and he crashed over for an early five point lead. 

Five minutes later, the score was doubled. Glossop were slowly taking control of the game, gaining ascendency in the contact area and releasing the ball wide at the
correct times. 

A late decision to attack the blind side
paid dividends as young winger George Dyson was on hand to finish in the

The home side now snapped into life after their slow start attempted to work into the game. However, their game plan to penetrate the midfield through direct ball carrying was thwarted by a solid Glossop defence, led early on by centre Jake Gibson. 

The next score was the best try of the day. From inside Glossop’s own half, the ball was moved along the Glossop back line to Greg Moran who escaped the first two defenders. He then released Chris Sonczak out wide, who sprinted past covering Fleetwood
defence to finish well out wide. 

Half time soon followed and Glossop looked good value for their 15 point lead, with the added advantage of playing the second half now with the strong wind at their backs. 

An early penalty just after the restart from Tom Dearnaley stretched the lead to 0-18, and it was dangerous centre Moran who then scored twice to register his sixth and seventh tries of the season. 

The first came when he was quickest to react to spilt ball in the Fleetwood half, and his second was via a deft kick through the home defence from Dearnaley which Moran latched on to. 

The score was now 0-32 and the game was as good as over with just fifteen minutes to play. 

Things then took an unexpected turn when Glossop found themselves on the wrong end of a drastically high penalty count.

Despite their dominance, the Glossop team struggled to adapt to the referees inconsistent interpretation of the breakdown laws, and they were pinned in their own ‘22 for sustained periods. 

The spirited Lancastrians hammered away at the Glossop defensive line and eventually registered two well worked tries of their own, both converted. 

It was the Hillmen who had the final word however, when in the final moments
Fleetwood attempted to run the ball from deep in their own half and winger Dyson intercepted a pass to run in uncontested. 

This victory helps to maintain Glossop’s excellent achievement of securing a bonus point for every win this season.

Glossop are now fifth in the table with 25 points, just one point behind both third and fourth placed Rochdale and Bolton, who each have 26 points. 

A win this Saturday against Tarleton at home (kick off 3 pm), would see Glossop knocking on a top third or fourth spot. Anyone is welcome to come and watch the game.

Also next Saturday the Glossop second team are away to Fylde thirds and our third team play Sefton seconds at home.

By Josh Edwards