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Glossop maintain fine form with victory over Liverpool Collegiate
Wednesday 19th December 2018 @ 10:40 by Mark Phillip

ADM Premier Division

Glossop 20-7 Liverpool Collegiate


Atrocious weather conditions greeted Liverpool Collegiate on their first visit to Hargate Hill in a number of years following a stint competing in Lancs / Cheshire division 2 before they won promotion last season.  The current league standings of the respective teams had Glossop as favourites for this clash, but in the opening ten minutes the home team found themselves trailing 7-0 when the visiting fly half ghosted through for an easy try which was converted.

The weather conditions began to worsen, and both teams struggled to gain any momentum with handling errors understandably a regular occurrence. Glossop were playing straight into driving wind / rain and hail, but they soon recovered from their early set back, with the home forwards working in overdrive to hammer away at the Liverpudlians’ defence.
Tom Benbow was introduced at scrum half following a backline reshuffle when Chris Sonczak left the field injured, and Benbow was soon in on the action when a half break from him saw Glossop awarded a scrum close to the Collegiate line. The home pack drove over to allow number 8 Stanley a simple score. The conversion looked on target until the gale force strong wind sent the ball back in the direction from which it came!
The game followed the same pattern until half time, with the Glossop pack relentless in their direct ball carrying, with Mike Lancaster, Joe Dearnaley and Sam Gibson particularly effective. Lancaster and Dearnaley got on the score sheet from close range in quick succession, before Stanley finished well in the corner to grab his second try and give Glossop some breathing space at 207.
As the teams turned round at half time, there became some doubts as to whether the match would continue given the worsening conditions. The next twenty minutes was a stalemate, and following discussions with both teams it was agreed that the referee would end the match prematurely due to the adverse weather, which saw the result stand and Glossop claim five league points given the match had reached the required sixty minute mark.
Final score Glossop 20 Liverpool Collegiate 7.
The bonus point win means Glossop, in 5th place can continue to put pressure on 4th place Bolton who are only 2 points different but Glossop have a game in hand.
The second team saw their game against Sandbach abandoned after just fifteen minutes following an injury to the match official, and the third team had a tough day on the road at Knutsford, going down 55-0 despite a gutsy performance.
By Josh Edwards