|Giggsy gets the goal
Mossley 2 Chorley 1
UniBond League Division One
Tuesday 14th September 2004
- 7.45 pm
@ Seel Park, Mossley
Referee R Wootton
12°C - wind W/NW 15mph
1. Lee Bracey (8)
2. Carl Rezai (6)
3. Matty Taylor (8*)
4. Steve Sheil (7)
5. Billy McCartney (cptn) (6)
6. Tony Coyne (6)
7. Rhodri Giggs (7) Y
8. John Hore (7)
9. Mario Daniel (5)
10. Chris Downey (7)
11. Adam Morning (5)
12. Paul Taylor (6) (for Coyne 81 mins)
14. Jordan Goodeve (7) (for Morning 57 mins)
15. Bobby Jones (6) (for Daniel 77 mins)
1. Gillies R
6. Jones (cptn)
If Mossley can play as badly as this and still take three points then
Jason Beckford's men are in with a real shout this season. This narrow
victory places Mossley back at the top of the League but it was a
pale shadow of the side that had ripped Rossendale to shreds just
seven days earlier.
Without the injured Leon Mike and Josh Howard Mossley failed to assert
themselves on the game. Unforced errors allowing Chorley easy possession
and but for some poor finishing Mossley could already have been trailing
before Chris Downey gave the Lilywhites the lead
with another quality goal. Receiving a pass from Carl Rezai on the
edge of the box the former Bolton Wanderers striker 'turned on a sixpence'
before lifting a superb chipped shot beyond Gillies and into the corner
of the net.
Mossley might have gone on to win the game at a canter but instead
gave Chorley the initiative back and the Magpies deserved their equaliser
when it came in the 30th minute. David Eatock finishing
off a neat move after Carvill's right wing cross was deflected into
his path by the unfortunate former Chorley skipper Billy McCartney.
Eight minutes later Mossley were offered a golden opportunity to finally
get to grips with the game when Mario Daniel burst clear only to be
brought down just outside the area by keeper Gillies when he would
surely have scored. Gillies was shown the red card and full back Dougie
Pitts took the keepers jersey. However, that Mossley barely tested
Pitts goalkeeping abilities throughout the remainder of the game will
no doubt be a worry for the Mossley management as possession was too
easily squandered and despite facing a massed defence in the second
half still contrived to be caught off-side with almost every attack.
Despite sitting on the point their work-rate deserved Chorley were
still a threat on the counter attack and Mossley had Lee Bracey to
thank on more than one occasion as the home side pressed forward looking
for a winner leaving themselves exposed in defence.
It looked as though the night would end in frustration until inside
the last minute of normal time. John Hore hit an inch perfect cross
from deep on the left and Rhodri Giggs stole in unmarked
at the far post to nod home from six yards and joyously celebrate
his winning goal in front of a group of Chorley supporters who had
been shouting abuse at him all night. Chorley tried to rally and even
forced a corner in stoppage time but Mossley held out for a win that
their performance on this occasion hardly merited.
Mossleyweb Man of the Match:
Matty Taylor...worked the left wing tirelessly!
Mossleyweb Verdict: Lucky!