Kidsgrove still unbeaten in the league but Glossop North End hold them to a stalemate

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Josh Thorpe jumps for the ball. Photo by Paul Griffiths

Kidsgrove Athletic’s unbeaten record in the Pitching In Northern Premier League continues. But, the 100% winning record has gone as Glossop North End became the first team to take points off the Grove in a drab 0-0 draw.

Both teams had chances to break the deadlock, most notably Josh Thorpe hitting the crossbar and Ben Chesters being denied by a last ditch tackle. Those were the high points of a game that won’t live long in the memory of the 333 supporters present at the Arthur Goldthorpe Stadium in Derbyshire.

Thorpe had the best chance of the opening stages for the Grove as he rose highest to connect to a Kyle Diskin corner. But, the former Hanley Town defender couldn’t get a proper connection on the ball.

While at the other end, Reece Brown worked himself into a shooting opportunity. However, it was deflected wide of Kieran Harrison’s goal for a corner which Kidsgrove were able to clear. While Livesey Mason had an effort 15 minutes later but he was to blaze the ball over the bar.

It was a poor first half with not many moments to note in that opening 45 minutes. The last moment to note came on 30 minutes when Tom France limped off injured and had to be replaced by Jack Bromfield

If the first half was lacking in action, then the opening 30 minutes of the second half was just as bad as neither team could take control of the match.

However, the game burst into life on 70 minutes when Thorpe hit the crossbar with a header as he lept like a salmon to connect with Diskin’s cross. Then two minutes later, Jake Lovatt was found in space, sadly for the Grove, he put his effort over the crossbar.

Chesters and Kingsley Adu-Gyamfi came on with 10 minutes to go and the quality of the game improved with Adu-Gyamfi looking to run at the Glossop defence at every opportunity he got. The talented forward would have no doubt started the game had he not been carrying a knock from Tuesday night and, the management team didn’t want to risk him.

Bromfield was celebrating his 20th birthday today and, he almost marked the afternoon with a goal in the last five minutes. Unfortunately for Kidsgrove, he pulled his effort wide of the target.

The final chance of the afternoon fell to Chesters in the first minute of stoppage time. Glossop goalkeeper Dale Latham dropped the ball to Chesters and, he managed to get around him. It looked like the former Kidsgrove Athletic youth team player was going to get his first goal for the club. However, he was denied by a fantastic recovering tackle by defender Devon Matthews.

The result sees Kidsgrove slip to 7th in the league table. However, they have a game or two in hand on most of the teams in the division as they didn’t play last Saturday.

Next up for Scott Dundas and his team is the visit of Market Drayton Town in the Pitching In Northern Premier League South East Division on Tuesday evening, the kickoff for that game is at 7.45PM.

After the game, I spoke to Grove manager Scott Dundas for his reaction to the game.

Glossop North End: Latham, Haslam, Ahamdi, Matthews, Hartshorne, Yoak, Quansah, Burey (Iloube, 86), Hawley, Mason (Fitton, 51) and Brown (Fosu-Mensah, 66).
Unused subs: Samms and Robertson

Kidsgrove Athletic: Harrison, Byers, Bergin, Whieldon, Gunnell, Thorpe, Diskin, Blake, Lovatt (Chesters, 80), Malbon (Adu-Gyamfi, 80) and France (Bromfield, 30).
Unused subs: Hickman and Bridge.

Attendance: 333