It felt a long way back on the coach after this defeat. Stamford are a seriously good side and they won this game in a fifteen minute blitz leading up to half time.At the half hour it was 0-0 and, although Glossop had been on the back foot for much of the time, we were competing and still in the game. A thundering header from their chosen man of the match,Sean Wright (5) started it. We suffered collective madness in defence and conceded some poor goals to go in 0-4 down. The second half was steadier and Moussa Samassa scored a penalty consolation in the last minute. For us, Rob Morgan their 8 stood out, along with the left back and right winger - and their defence was absolutely solid. We have seen Cleethorpes and they were beaten 4-1 here last week.
A friendly and welcoming club - and their manager, Graham Drury, was very complimentary about us. In his view, it wasn't a 5-1 game and he praised our team. The good thing for us was the attitude of the players on the way home - apologetic and determined to put things right.
By the way, we are not sure which league table Glossopsouthend has been reading. He writes that Leek are having a similar season to GNE. Well, they are second on goal difference to Stamford and have a game in hand. They have lost only one game in the league and have conceded only 12 goals - best in the division. Many of us had them favourites for the title at the start of the season having played them last year. Easy then. Let's hope the lads put in a good performance and see what happens.
Merry Christmas to all GNE supporters and friends.