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Glossop look ahead
Thursday 10th January 2019 @ 09:32 by Mark Phillip

Glossop North End will be hoping to continue their winning start to 2019 at Droylsden this weekend in the Evo-Stik West.

Peter Band and Lloyd Morrison’s side claimed a 1-0 victory at play-off chasing Colne on New Year’s Day, but have since enjoyed a week’s rest from competitive action.

The Hillmen, who are currently 18th in the table and four points above the relegation zone, have a chance to pick up a further three points against an out-of-form Droylsden at the Butcher’s Arms on Saturday.

The Bloods, who are currently 14th in the table with seven victories, three draws and 10 defeats, have so far endured mixed fortunes during their fifth season at step six. 

It looked as if Dave Pace’s side were facing the prospect of a relegation battle during the earlier stages of the season, but results have steadily improved and back-to-back victories over Runcorn Linnets and Kendal Town at the end of December have provided a 16 point cushion.

Droylsden will, however, enter Saturday’s clash on the back of consecutive defeats to Mossley and Chasetown.

Band, who took the job alongside co-boss Morrison in October, said he’s relishing the prospect of returning to the dugout on Saturday. 

It will be the third time that the sides have locked horns this season, having already faced off in the league and league cup. 

The points were shared in a 1-1 draw at Surrey Street in September, before Glossop were dumped out of the cup in the second round with a 4-2 defeat in November.

Glossop will be boosted this weekend by the arrival of Devon Golden, a 22-year-old defender, who has previously played for Wythenshawe Town and Atherton Collieries.

Jack Tuohy will also be hoping to continue his fine run of form, having scored six goals this season.

Picture by Steve Dyson