Newcastle Town 1-0 GNE
A tail of two halves as Hillmen fall to defeat at Newcastle
Glossop North End made the trip to the Lyme Valley Stadium to face a Newcastle Town side that were unbeaten in 5 previous games following a tough 1-1 draw at Widnes in midweek. Joint managers Mark Canning & Andy Bishop made 2 changes to the side that played in the 2-0 home defeat to Clitheroe. Newly singed striker Pete Boyle was named up front in place of Darrhyl Mason just hours after Boyle's arrival was announced from Hyde United. With Cavell Coo slotting in at left back in place of Will Beasley. Ever present midfielder Matty Russell captained the side once more.
From the early moments of the first half it was clear to see that the Hillmen had nothing other than a win and 3 points on their mind, with GNE starting brightly and putting the hosts under pressure with high tempo and composure. A goalmouth header from Jason Hill was cleared off the goal line after keeper Johnson had mishandled the ball in the penalty area.
On his debut for GNE, Pete Boyle immediately impressed in the Glossop front line, regularly winning headers and battles with the defence. His aerial dominance was proving handy for the visitors and nearly got them the lead during the first half. Boyle winning a header to flick the ball on and over the defence, allowing Ian Bennett to get on the end of the move with a storming run, only to see his shot deflected.
Glossop continued to cause problems for the hosts, particularly from set pieces, Joel Bembo Leta saw his header go wide from a Matty Russell free kick. Whilst Boyle was again in on the action, unfortunately nodding wide from a great delivery courtesy of Jack Tuohy.
As the first half came to a close, Glossop's dominance dwindled somewhat as the game became a midfield battle between the two teams. GNE midfielder Sam Madeley sought lengthy treatment from the Hillmen bench after a clash with Newcastle goalkeeper Matt Johnson.
On the whole, Glossop North End were the better side in the first half, creating a lot of chances but not finding a clinical finish to put them ahead.
HT Newcastle Town 0-0 Glossop North End
The second half started much like the first half had ended, with both teams camped in midfield with few chances created for either side. However, Newcastle Town were soon to grow in confidence as they started to put pressure on the visitors.
In the 55th minute Glossop were to find themselves a goal down as Newcastle struck the first and only goal of the game. Rod Orlando-Young was allowed time and space to run at the defence before slamming home down the right hand side of the goal and past Russ Saunders. The goal undid all of Glossop's hard work in the first half and left them with work to do.
The hosts reacted better to the goal than Glossop. Newcastle began to put more pressure on GNE who lacked the same composure as they had shown in the first half. Glossop made a quick double substitution, and brought Liam Turner and Alex Elliott into the game in place of Tom Healey and Jack Tuohy.
Whilst GNE did create a handful of chances in the second half, none of these really troubled the Newcastle defence and goalkeeper, and the game reached full time.
FT Newcastle Town 1-0 Glossop North End
Whilst Glossop's chance creation and threat going forward was pleasing to see, It's difficult to win football matches when you don't take your chances. GNE will be left to ponder on their missed chances in a game that could have been very different.
Matchday Report by Dan Bates
Photograph by Steve Dyson