Where's The Tea Hut reflects upon local football South West style with a few trips further afield. Keep the faith & stay safe.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Glossop North End 3 Ryhope Colliery Welfare 0

Saturday 22nd November 2014
FA Vase 2nd Round
Attendance: 305
Admission: £6
Tea Hut Stuff: None, dodgy stomach I'm afraid
Programme: £1.50, one of the better ones thankfully
Weather: Sunshine, odd cloud, reasonably mild
Parking: Down the street from the turnstile
Glossop are on fire in the North West Counties League Premier and currently the best footballing side in the division, Ryhope CW, their respected opposition from the Northern Leagues second tier, were always going to be in for an exceedingly tough encounter. 
It was 0-0 at half time but Glossop were well on top. Second half the chances became goals and the home side breathed a little easier. Nobody from Glossop wanted a 6 hour round trip for a Tuesday night replay in Sunderland.

Credit to Ryhope they played well and certainly pushed Glossop back after going behind. Nice to observe that they had some loyal support in the crowd to cheer them on.

Was it a fair result? Perhaps 2-0 would have been more reflective but one has to say without doubt that Glossop deserved the victory.

Surrey Street has been done up a bit since my last visit and is a nice enough ground nestling below the edge of the Peak District. They had a packed bar area, big queues at the legendary Pie Hut, a decent vibrant atmosphere around the pitch and an excellent backdrop of the High Peak in the late autumn sunshine.

Unfortunately I could not scoff any of the truly wonderful pies that Glossop provide, sadly suffering from a dodgy stomach at the moment, they looked very nice though.

The locals seem keen to get behind the club and it was nice to see a live radio hut at the side of the pitch. If they can keep up the good form surely they've got a good shout for the NWCL title, with the likes of Jason Carey up front who could argue against it? A good run in the Vase would then be a bonus. I wish them luck.

Surprised to see a massed following of very keen teenager-types in the charismatic little Stand giving sterling support throughout the 90 minutes, their singing and witty involvement presented a slightly odd but dare I say it welcome addition to the standard lower league experience. Good selection of flags on show as well, almost FCUM like.

Glossop now face an away tie in the next round against another good NWCL side 1874 Northwich (who actually play at Winsford Uniteds ground at the moment).

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