Glossop North End 3-1 Chesterfield XI - report

GNE Captain Dave Young applauds supporters at the end of the game
GNE Captain Dave Young applauds supporters at the end of the game

Glossop North End’s winning streak continued with a fine 3-1 victory that secured a Derbyshire Senior Cup semi-final home tie with Matlock Town.

The home side had too much for the youthful Chesterfield side, who lost their discipline towards the end of the game and found themselves down to nine men with minutes to go.

Lee Blackshaw of Glossop North End delivers a cross under pressure from a Chesterfield defender

Lee Blackshaw of Glossop North End delivers a cross under pressure from a Chesterfield defender

Jason Carey set the tone for Glossop early on.

The Hillmen started brightly, and when Carey picked up a fourth minute pass from Blackshaw at the corner of the box, he looked up and nonchalantly curled the ball into the top corner to signal North End’s intent.

Eddie Moran nearly added another shortly afterwards after a terrific build up from Lugsden and Bailey, but his close-range shot was blocked.

However, Glossop gradually allowed Chesterfield back into the game, and they took advantage on 37 minutes when a sloppy pass was intercepted and the ball swept right.

A low cross evaded everyone but full-back Joe Massey at the back-post, and he drilled home to level things up.

The Hillmen restored their lead on the stroke of half-time.

Lee Blackshaw drilled in a low corner that the goalkeeper made a hash of and somehow the ball dribbled into the net.

After the break, North End were very much on the front foot and Moran headed against the bar in the 55th minute.

However the lead was extended on 59 minutes when Bailey put in a low cross that the back-pedalling defence dare not touch, and Blackshaw tapped in at the back post.

The remainder of the game saw more GNE chances; Moran again hitting the bar and Sam Hind having a goal chalked off for a questionable handball decision.

Progress was looking comfortable, but was certainly sealed as time ticked away.

Lawrence Maguire followed through high and two-footed on Moran, and in the subsequent melee, Tom Marshall was found to have raised his hand to Dave Young.

Both received red cards to end any Spireites’ hopes.

After a spell without a game, North End will be pleased with a good workout, and will go into Saturday’s re-arranged last 16 FA Vase game at home to Dunston UTS in high spirits.

The Matlock clash will take place on February 24.