Match Report: Glossop North End 0-2 Leek Town
By Taran Dhamrait
Glossop suffer defeat at home.
Report by Culain Wood
With just a few games left Glossop are safe from the drop, at the end of a season that has felt like an uphill struggle at times.
300 supporters turned up to cheer on the Hillmen but it wasn’t enough to see them pull off a shock win against high fliers Leek, who tried to play good football on a surface that doesn’t necessarily allow it.
Much of the game was played at a fairly slow pace from both sides, and the strong wind hampered any efforts the home side made to get forward.
Leek hit the post in the first half and that is about the only thing worth mentioning in 45 minutes that wound up nil nil.
In the second half Glossop were a little over cautious at times and didn’t seem able to kick through the gears. Leek scored through Dan Trickett-Smith and moments later, Glossop’s Francesco Frangillo had to be withdrawn adding insult to injury, or the other way around.
Leek’s second came following a blatant hand ball in their own half that the officials missed. How the linesman didn’t notice the infringement is anyone’s guess as it was right in front of him, but play went on and Leek extended their league through Robert Stevenson.
Glossop played their best stuff late on, with Kayde Coppin firing narrowly wide and substitute Braulio Maeico impressing the Hillmen fans with his footwork and ambition.
2 nil at full time is a fair reflection on how the game was played, but Glossop will rightly feel aggrieved about the second goal.
Pete Band and his team will now look to use the remaining games to finish strongly and plan ahead to next season, starting on Tuesday night against Newcastle Town.