A great start to the year with all three points from a tough away game. GNE had some enforced changes with Prince Ekpolo, Moussa Samassa and Devon Matthews unavailable. Will Hartshorne and Keenan Quansah were the central defence pairing with Jeremy Seosolo in midfield and starts for Mohammed Sheriff and Bevan Burey. Glossop almost scored in the second minute but they fell behind after only 11 minutes. It was a superb finish but resulted from losing possession and a failure to deal with a ball into the box. Steels then missed a clear chance to make it two. Glossop then built several threatening positions but could not fashion the opening until an excellent move saw Seosolo cross from the right and a smart finish by Sheriff on 37 minutes.
The second half saw both teams start poorly and the game became very scrappy. Glossop looked capable of getting the winner and on 80 minutes Bakari Coulibaly won the ball with an excellent tackle and pushed a good pass through to substitute Braulio Maecio who scored with a cool finish into the far corner. Glossop then held out in the face of some aerial pressure to record a very pleasing win. A good number of travelling fans were there to enjoy the win and, as one of them said at the final whistle - "We are unbeaten this year!"
Yes a very pleasing way to start the New Year. But Glossop at the moment seem their own worst enemies, by regularly committing defensive mistakes through poor clearing distribution, but this is mainly because our players seem static and don't make themselves available in pitch space, could be lack of confidence in the pass actually coming to them? Will Hartshorne and Keenan Quansah certainly played well in central defence but Stocksbridge were a poor team, compared to the side that drew at our ground earlier in the season, and it will be interesting to see how this pair shape against stronger teams, but definitely two lads that with proper coaching should progress to a higher level. Keenan appears only comfortable in central defence! Jeremy Seosolo was the star of the match and with him and Prince in midfield Glossop will win more games than they lose. So congratulations to the boys for the win but you are better than you think.