It has been something of a tumultuous summer at Park Road for one reason and another so we were extremely pleased to get some actual football played the other night against Glossop North End for the first of our pre-season friendlies.
In order for both (new) managers to get a look at as many different players as possible, it was decided to run this match as 3 x 30-minute periods; a tad transatlantic but it served a purpose.
As is the case each summer there was a mix of faces new and familiar and it's going to take Anthony Trucca the full course of the pre-season programme to find his perfect mix.
Things almost got off to a demoralising start as Glossop were awarded a penalty in the first minute; thankfully Adam Rigby was equal to it, a save that wouldn't have done his confidence any harm whatsoever.
Nine minutes into the second period we broke the deadlock when George Clary received a cross from the right and turned neatly before poking home from close range.
Glossop drew level on 63 minutes when a long ball was gathered and finished well into the top corner before the power of a shot from the right on 83 minutes was too much for Ryan Allcock and he just couldn't prevent it from rolling in and giving Glossop the lead.
Tom Russell clattered the crossbar before we deservedly drew level with three minutes remaining. A short bout of head tennis in the box was finished off by Tom Ratican - hero of the Reserves' Stockport DFA Final - who headed home at the far post.
A good workout for all and plenty of food for thought...for both managers we should imagine.
Many thanks to the Glossop North End fans who turned up in numbers and gave us an impressive attendance of 224.