After a somewhat difficult season the previous year, Glossop are looking to bounce back in a new league - the South East Division. Multiple pre-season games have helped the Hillmen to prepare themselves for this new challenge.
Pre-season has proved difficult for the boys in blue. Facing difficult opposition, Glossop failed to find victories in some games but fought hard and the squad have been able to bond ready for the start of the campaign. Despite pre-season being difficult, Glossop picked up two wins. A 1-2 victory away at Stockport Town and then later on a 5-0 thrashing of Wakefield AFC where the blues were ruthless in attack and looked very impressive.
As Glossop are playing in a different league this year, they will face opposition from many teams who they have never faced before. Including Stamford who Glossop host at Surrey Street in their first game of the season on Saturday 17th August at 3:00pm. Stamford will provide a good challenge for Glossop, finishing mid table in their previous campaign. Their pre-season has had its ups and downs, picking up 3 wins 5 losses and a draw. Similar pre-seasons from the two sides hints their could be a tightly contested 90mins between them, one that should not be missed.
Players, staff and fans alike are all eager for this season to start. The new league and teams provide excitement for the Hillmen as the quality to expect is somewhat unknown.
When asked about the start of the season joint managers Pete Band and Lloyd Morrison said "we have a decent squad, keeping in mind that at the beginning of June we had no retained players due to the placement in the South East Division, and we know what we have in mind when it comes to team set up which hopefully will make us competitive on our own turf and we’ll make it as difficult as we can for any teams coming here this season starting with Stamford on Saturday"
The first game against Stamford has all the tools to be a thriller and should not be missed. Be there at 3pm on Saturday the 17th of August to cheer the Hillmen onto victory in their first game of the new season.
By Kassim Highley