Hillmen hampered by clinical Clitheroe
Monday 25th March 2019 @ 14:51 by Mark Phillip

Evo-Stik West

Clitheroe 2-0 Glossop North End

Though neither team started the day in the fatal bottom two positions, Glossop could’ve pulled away from Clitheroe, who found themselves just one place above the trap door at kick off.

The game started with little quality from either side. A few half chances and a few bad tempered tussles seemed to be the best that the teams could produce, up until the 29th minute that is.

Pete Boyle sent a superb cross in from the left hand side, he found Mason Duffy, however, the winger couldn’t quite angle his volley towards goal and it fell narrowly wide.

Glossop were pressing high but in doing so left themselves vulnerable to a long clearance from the Clitheroe keeper. Max Hazeldine found himself one on one and finished smartly with his instep.

Half time came quickly and Glossop were first out for the second period before their hosts, obviously hungry to make amends. 

Kayde Coppin had looked a threat at times in the first half, though he seemed to lose focus in the second, needlessly remonstrating with officials when Glossop should’ve been all hands on deck for an equaliser.

Matty Russell had found himself the wrong side of a Clitheroe break and might feel lucky that he didn’t concede a penalty.

Boyle tested the Clitheroe keeper with a header and Coppin hit an effort that forced a low diving save as well, but the ball just wouldn’t go in. 

Several Glossop players were carded in the second half, including Jack Tuohy for a late tackle and Boyle for a deliberate handball. The frustration of these cautions just about summed up Glossop’s overall frustrations at the score line.

It got worse when Hazeldine added a second. The provider had advanced down the undulating right flank with ease, before pulling his ball back across goal. Hazeldine was sharpest and finished to put daylight between the sides. 

A late Tuohy freekick rattled the woodwork and a few other half chances came and went, but Glossop were just not clinical enough and they paid for it with the result. 

Glossop are without a fixture this weekend but return to league action on Tuesday, April 2 at home to Chasetown.

By Cullain Wood

Picture by Steve Dyson