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Glossop North End Ladies 1 – Dronfield Town 0

Great Start for Glossop NE Ladies on September 9 when, after up and down pre-season results, GNE Ladies travelled away to Dronfield Town Ladies for the first game of the new campaign in a new league. Having played them 3 weeks previous in a friendly and losing 1-0, it was always going to be a tight game. The game was indeed tight with both teams having lots of opportunities at goal in the first half but neither being able to convert. Glossop substitute goal Keeper for the day Nicola Cassidy doing a fantastic job to keep Dronfield out of th e goal early on when Dronfield dominated play for the first 20minutes. Glossop looked unsettled and took time to adjust to the managers chosen formation of 3-5-2. But came into their own in the later end of the first half and could have taken the lead on a number of occasions.

Into the second half saw Glossop again start slowly but the turning point on 60 minutes was when Anna Wilson converted a Zoey Shaw Corner to back heel the ball into goal following a scramble around the goal line. The game could have gone either way after that until an injury on 77 minutes meant Glossop went down to 10 for the last 13 minutes and shut up shop defending extremely well to hang onto the lead and get 3 points on the board at the start of the new campaign. Leanne Pace, manager, said afterwards, 'It certainly wasn’t classy football for the last 15 minutes but we got the job done which is the important thing, and hopefully we will have a few players back from holidays and injuries next week to strengthen the team'.

Glossop North End Ladies 2 - Alfreton Ladies 1

Back to back win for GNE Ladies, hosts to Alfreton Ladies on Sunday September 16, which saw another hard fought match in Glossop’s New League. After a delay of kick off due to traffic into Glossop, Glossop started strong and took to the lead after 5 minutes with Anna Wilson scoring on the half follow, following a Zoey Shaw free kick which Alfreton failed to clear. Shouts for offside were turned down by the referee.

Glossop however, didn’t seem to settle after the goal and looked unsettled throughout the first half although dominating the majority of play, with lots of chances not being taken by Glossop, leaving the half time score 1-0. Second half Glossop started much better and pressing early on. A Zoey Shaw corner been converted by Leah Hartshorn on the 55th minute with a flick on past the front post exposing the goalkeeper.

Glossop then seemed comfortable, but Alfreton had other ideas and on the 75th minute an Alfreton player slipped the ball past Glossop’s Goalkeeper Helen Wildgoose who got injured in the process and left back Suelyn Booth played the remaining 15 minutes in goal. The last 15 turned to be a tense period with Glossop looking to see the game out and Alfreton pushing for the equaliser. Glossop managed to hold on though with some great defending leaving the game 2-1 to Glossop and recording 6 points on the board from their first 2 games.

Glossop manager said after the game 'We seem to be struggling to settle into the games, but are working hard and grinding out the results'.