MOSSLEY 6-1 BRIDLINGTON TOWN
UniBond League Division One
17th September 2005
Mossley quite simply battered Bridlington Town into submission at Seel Park this afternoon and had it not been for a good number of spectacular saves by outstanding visitors keeper Nick Baxter the score would surely have been a UniBond League record.
As it was Mossley still scored six times as Baxter took on the Mossley attack almost single handedly as the Bridlington defence collapsed under the sheer weight of Mossley's sustained pressure.
Chances came thick and fast from very early in the game as Baxter thwarted Goodeve and Knight with excellent saves before Mossley took the lead in the 16th minute. Baxter somehow turned Karl Vernon's header onto the post and Steve Sheil got just enough on the rebound to force the ball over the line.
The bombardment continued with Baxter again saving spectacularly from Goodeve and Downey before the inevitable second goal appeared on 35 minutes as Melford Knight powered home a header from Morning's cross.
Baxter again came to Bridlington's rescue with another spectacular save to deny the rampant Goodeve before Lee Bracey was finally called into action with a fine block to deny Mark Swales.
Mossley pressed again after the break but it was Bridlington who reduced the arrears on 57 minutes when Martin Thacker's harshly awarded free kick flew in off the foot of the post with Bracey unlucky not to save.
The rampant Lilywhites were not to be denied as the two goal cushion was restored in the 61st minute when Baxter turned Downey's goal-bound effort onto the post and Adam Morning raced in from the left wing to smash the ball back into the far corner from 15 yards.
The fourth goal came in the 75th minute when Morning and Downey again opened the visitors rearguard and substitute Joe Shaw was on hand to tap home from close range to score with his first touch of the game.
Baxter then made another spectacular save to deny Christian Cooke's goalbound 30 yarder before Chris Downey 'turned on a sixpence' to score from close range in the 80th minute and two minutes later Downey doubled his tally when he danced around three defenders before planting a superb curling left footer beyond Baxter's reach from the edge of the area for number six.
It was the least Mossley deserved on an afternoon when some of the attacking football on display was simply breathtaking and Bridlington, who were plying their trade in the Premier Division last season were left to apologise to their very supportive travelling fans by a furious manager at the final whistle.
pics courtesy SJNR
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