GNE 3 Colne 1
The HIllmen made it 5 wins on the spin on Saturday with a hard fought victory over Colne. The visitors made it hard work at times, particularly in the first half, but hamstrung themselves with two sendings off.
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Glossop started brightly and took the lead in the 4th minute. A free kick on halfway was lofted to the edge of the area and keeper Matthew Green came to punch the ball, but was beaten to it by Adam Jones who rose highest and looped a header over the defence and into the unguarded net.
Buoyed by a dramatic win over Droylsden you might have expected GNE to kick on from that point, but Colne reacted strongly and put the Glossop defence under heavy pressure, forcing numerous corners and Lee Gaskell firing a shot just over the bar.
Sure enough though, they did get a leveller, on 27 minutes. It was Gaskell who was the provider, doing well to get to the byline and cutting back for Mike Fish, who swept the ball in from short range. It was no more than Colne deserved.
A few minutes later, Fish ought to have given the visitors the lead, but put his free header from a central position wide, and North End punished them in a harshest way when taking the lead two minutes later.
It was another free kick from the centre of the field, and once again it was Jones who did the damage, this time meeting the ball with his head and nodding downwards right in front of the goal, and Ben Deegan could not miss from no distance.
The blow rocked The Reds, and Mark Ayres reacted in the worst possible way as far as they were concerned. Faced with a another free kick award to Glossop he picked up the ball and refused to release it to Mark Haslam. Handbags ensued, but Ayres took it too far, throwing his head at the GNE man. The referee was standing right by them, and had little choice but to dismiss him, making the visitors second half task even harder.
The second half started with Glossop playing brightly again and Jude Oyibo lit up the game with a stirring run, only to be crowded out. From the corner Callum Chippendale right onto the goal line and only Green’s smart save stopped it going in.
There was a moment of real concern for Glossop when Russ Saunders handled outside his area, reaching up to stop a ball from bouncing over his head. Saunders, already dismissed this season for a handball, must have feared the worst, but the referee decided there was sufficient cover behind him for it not to be an obvious goalscoring opportunity.
However, from there Colne blunted GNE efforts and tried their absolute damndest to create an chance to level. They had plenty of pressure, forced a number of corners, but didn’t really create an opportunity of note as GNE defended their box resolutely. Indeed, as a spectacle the half was not an entertaining watch as both sides huffed and puffed without any real end product.
With two minutes left Spencer Jordan lunged in on Matthew Russell and again the referee produced a red card, although this didn’t change the pattern as Colne continued to press, but not really threaten. Until the final minute of injury time that is when numbers finally told, and GNE won the ball back and broke out of defence. They had a three-on-one, Chris Baguley feeding Deegan who used Liam Wood as a decoy to dummy the keeper and finished into the space he’d left and seal a nap hand of victories.