MOSSLEY 1-0 BRIGG TOWN
UniBond League Division One
18th February 2006
Mossley survived a physical battering on Saturday to record an important victory over a Brigg Town side who’s second half display saw them deservedly reduced to nine players and leave Seel Park with exactly what they deserved...nothing.
The visitors actually played quite well in the first half and were as expected very physically strong and competitive with a very direct route one approach.
Brigg failed to create any clear openings though as Mossley’s back four all gave excellent displays despite Brigg’s intimidating tactics.
Mossley’s best chances of a frustrating first half fell to Rhodri Giggs but he was unable to control Adam Morning’s angled through ball when faced with a one on one.
The second half saw Mossley totally dominate with the outstanding Martin Allison and Melford Knight dominating the midfield and a period of pressure led to the games only goal on 57 minutes.
Adam Morning skipped brilliantly past two attempts to hack him down and curled a shot against the foot of the post only for debutant Paul Garvey to react quickest to score a simple tap in from the rebound.
Instead of responding by upping their own performance Brigg chose, goaded by a very vocal management team, to kick Mossley off the park for the remaining half hour or so. A tactic which totally backfired on them when centre half and captain Steve Housham, who had leaned all over Garvey and Chris Downey all afternoon, was finally dismissed for a second bookable offence.
Housham was joined in the closing minutes by midfielder Ross Thompson who was deservedly given a straight red for a second two footed lunge
The Mossley players did exceedingly well not to rise to the bait of Brigg’s intimidatory tactics.
Steer saved with his foot while diving the wrong way from Giggs’ effort. The Mossley wide man then had a goal ruled out for off-side as nine man Brigg struggled through to the whistle without conceding further.
pics courtesy of SJNR
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