Glossop 2, Squires Gate 0
GATE left Glossop with nothing to show for this end-to-end opener in the North West Counties premier division.
The visitors posed a threat down both flanks, forcing keeper Joe Boyle to stay alert in the Hillmen’s goal.
Gate’s best chance of the first half arrived when Dave McCann’s long diagonal ball to the edge of the penalty area was controlled by Alec McKendrick, whose lob bounced over the crossbar with the advancing Boyle helpless.
But despite more Gate pressure, the home side took the lead six minutes before the interval, when Adam Oakes broke clear to give keeper Neil Beesley no chance.
Gate hardly deserved to trail at the interval and looked confident of getting back on level terms.
However, they were caught out by a swift and decisive counterattack seven minutes into the second period.
With Gate defenders up for a corner, the ball was cleared quickly and Darren Hamilton took full advantage to slot home the second as the visitors struggled to get back.
It was end to end from then on, with Stuart Horn outstanding for Gate. Both keepers had plenty to do, though Beesley was the busier, pulling off several point-blank saves with hands and feet.
Tom Bartlett and Horn both made goal-line clearances, while at the other end Luke Thomas saw a shot bounce off a post while fellow sub Zac Thomas attacked dangerously down the left.
Boyle got behind Tom Benfield’s 25-yarder as Gate were made to wait at least until tomorrow for their first goals and points of the season. Colne are the visitors to School Road (7.45pm).
Gate: Beesley, Richards,Horn, McCann, Bartlett, Benfield, Harries, McKenna, Shelmerdine, Fishwick, McKendrick; subs: Mayers, Thomas, Walker, Cragg, Farrow.