FA Trophy preview: Stiff test for Glossop North End

Glossop North End make the trip to West Yorkshire on Saturday, to face Pontefract Collieries in the preliminary round of the FA Trophy.

The Hillmen will be hoping to avenge the 3-1 defeat they suffered at the hands of the Colls in the FA Cup first qualifying round, back at the start of September at the Amdec Forklift Stadium. 

Glossop have largely struggled in the league so far this term, taking just nine points from their opening 10 matches in the BetVictor South East Division. 

They recorded their biggest win of the campaign last weekend when thumping Spalding United 6-1 at home, to rise from 19th to 15th in the table, as Porya Ahmadi struck a hat-trick on a memorable debut for the Iranian striker. 

The 26-year-old then followed it up with another goal in Tuesday's local derby at Hyde United, but the Tigers would ultimately prevail 4-1 to advance in the Manchester Premier Cup. The Hillmen also had Moussa Samassa sent off late on in the tie at Ewen Fields. 

Away from home, Pete Band and Lloyd Morrison's men have only scored one goal and taken one point from their last four league trips on the road

They will be up against a Colls side who are challenging for promotion in the BetVictor North West Division. 

They currently sit fifth in the table with 16 points from their eight league games so far this season - and they are just three points behind Tadcaster Albion and Prescot Cables, who are second and third respectively. 

Both teams stand nine games away from a trip to Wembley Stadium in the final on 17 May 2020 and will be hoping to advance to the first qualifying round on 26 October. 

It's Glossop's first match in the competition since a 5-1 defeat at Workington in the third qualifying round in November 2017. 

Kick-off at the Football Family Stadium on Saturday will be at 3pm and, with the game being played on annual Non-League Day, a good crowd is encouraged! 

The current holders of the FA Trophy are AFC Fylde, who beat Leyton Orient 1-0 in last season's final. 

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