Glossop North End 0 v 1 Skelmersdale United

 

By Gordon Johnson

 

If Skem are to retain their North West Counties Premier League status, they will look back on this win as a pivotal stage in their recovery.  It was their first win on their travels this season, and was also their first clean sheet in over three months.Three weeks earlier they pulled off the result of the season when they beat title pretenders Bury, but sandwiched in between they lost to Lower Breck…hinting that football makes no sense at all.But oddly this was the first time that the team balancing the rest of the league on their shoulders, actually gave one of their relegation candidates a footballing lesson, and the fact that it came against their former manager Richard Brodie made the victory so much sweeter.Glossop for their troubles were arguably the more dominant team, which you’d expect of the home side. But when they had to work their way out of trouble, which they often had to, Skem did it with panache and style, and were by far the better footballing side on the day.The irony of the contest was that the man that scored the winning goal, was also responsible for the save of the game when he cleared a shot off the line that had Skem keeper Ben Barnes well beaten.Hail…Yasir Salim who was a thorn in Glossop’s side all afternoon. Salim had a couple of half chances earlier in the game, but eventually took advantage of Yacin Amarzou’s corner which was headed across the face of goal by a Glossop defender and smashed into the roof of the Glossop goal with a tremendous far post volley just outside the goal area from Salim.However, Salim will probably be remembered for his goal line clearance as much as his spectacular goal, because at that point the “Hillmen” were not only threatening to snatch a point, they were pressing hard for a win.The clean sheet though was well deserved by keeper Barnes who made several notable second half saves including a magnificent triple save late into the second half of the game.A great performance all-round for a club that now stands a good chance of lifting itself off the bottom of the table, certainly based on recent efforts.Attendance 225

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