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Glossop go down by five
Monday 21st January 2019 @ 16:46 by Mark Phillip

Evo-Stik West

Glossop North End 0-5 Ramsbottom United

After some bitter weather on Friday night, the Hillmen welcomed Ramsbottom United to Surrey Street for a game which turned out to be somewhat similar to the weather from the night before.

The opening exchanges were somewhat equal between the two teams. United dominated the ball but it was Glossop who created the first big chance of the game after 15 minutes. Boyle intercepted an opposition pass playing the ball forward to Marie. He laid the ball off to Latham who looked certain to score but the defender did well to block the shot.

This gave Glossop some momentum and they were starting to play with more confidence. On the half hour mark, ex-blue Jamie Rainford came very close with a header from a corner; a gentle reminder of what the Hillmen were up against.

Glossop continued to play well and defensively were solid but it was the Rams who would take the lead in added time at the end of the first half. The ball was worked into the penalty area and was converted by the familiar Rainford who directed his goal celebration at the Glossop supporters behind the goal.

Unfortunately, GNE came out a different side in the second half and simply couldn’t match up to Ramsbottom. Only five minutes into the half the lead was doubled by Evangelinos. He turned up on the edge of the six yard box to smash home. The goal was a true reflection of play so far in this half which had been dominated by United.

It only took Ramsbottom another five minutes to grab their third and for Evangelinos to get his second of the afternoon. The chance was created well by Rainford who squared the ball to an eager Evangelinos who couldn’t miss. An hour gone in the game and Hillmen seemed to have lost any hope or positivity which they showed in the first half.

Glossop started to see a bit more of the ball after this goal and not long after Boyle entered the penalty area and was hacked down by a United defender. A clear penalty and a chance for the GNE to try and mount a comeback. It was Latham who stepped up and failed to convert the chance, smashing the wrong side of the post and in doing so kept the goalkeeper’s clean sheet intact.

The Glossop players struggled to get a foothold in the game after missing the penalty and it resulted in a fourth goal for the Rams with about 20 minutes to go. Saunders made a splendid save from Rainford who followed up the save well to convert his own rebound. There was nothing more Saunders could have done. Substitute Brodie quickly grabbed a goal and left Glossop 0-5 down.

Had it not been for Saunders, who saved Rainford’s penalty, Ramsbottom would have added a sixth.

Jason Carey, a fan favourite at Surrey Street entered the pitch to applause from both sets of supporters. He also had a chance to make it six, but his effort from long range hit the crossbar and went over.

Matchday Report by Kassim Highley
Photograph by Steve Dyson