Glossop North End 1 Winsford United 0
BLUES’ unbeaten run of 10 games came to an end in the bitter cold of the Peak District on Saturday.
A poor game ended with its main talking point – the Glossop goal and a Winsford sending off.
After a bright start Winsford faded badly in the second half and, showed the effects of recent injuries. It still took a late penalty to decide the issue and until that 85th minute setback it looked as if a draw would be the likely result.
The visitors made the early running with Phil Mason twice going close, inches high and wide respectively.
Home left winger Dave Hodges gave Mark Calland problems down the left and Michael Langley was forced to save smartly when he broke through. Langley was in action again to deny Dave Morris.
The second half started with a series of Winsford corners, but as the half progressed the Blues’ midfield became jaded and Glossop launched a series of threatening attacks.
Even so the battling Blues limited Glossop’s chances – the best going to Morris who, faced with an open goal, managed to head wide. The next attack saw a spectacular goal line clearance by Lee Duckworth.
On 84 minutes Mason needlessly gave away a free kick on the right and from the delivery Dave Ridler was adjudged to have fouled Lee Evans. Dave Young stepped up to convert with a low shot to the left. To make matters worse Ridler picked up a second yellow card for the foul and was sent off.
United: Langley; Calland, Callaghan (Barnes 27), Ridler, Duckworth; Bluck, Owens, Showers, Mason; Miranda, Connell.
Match rating: 5/10.