UniBond League Division One

Tuesday 20th
September 2005
@ Victory Park, Chorley

1. Lee Bracey (7)
2. Christian Cooke (8)
3. Steve Sheil (7)
4. Karl Vernon (7)
5. Danny Meadowcroft (8)
6. Melford Knight (8) Y
7. Josh Howard (8)
8. Nicky Thompson (8)
9. Jordan Goodeve (7)
10. Chris Downey (7)
11. Adam Morning (7)
12. Rhodri Giggs (6)
(for Howard 64 mins)
14. Joe Shaw
(not used)
15. Joel Pilkington (7)
(for Vernon 54 mins)

Jordan Goodeve (22)
Chris Downey (35)

1. Horridge
2. Callaghan
3. Price
4. Teale
5. Squires
6. Armstrong
7. Bluck
8. Vermiglio Y
9. Martindale
10. Wright
11. Thompson
12. Boden
(for Armstrong)
14. McGrath
(not used)
15. Dickinson
(for Bluck)

Dickinson (88)

Ref: W.D.Smallwood


Mossley threatened to dismantle Chorley in the same way they did Bridlington on Saturday but in the end had to settle for a narrow margin as Chorley reduced the arrears a couple of minutes from time.

Mossley played some sparkling football from the off and looked able to penetrate the home side's somewhat cumbersome defence at will. Chris Downey fired narrowly wide as did Josh Howard.

The opening goal was no surprise when it finally came in 23 minutes. Downey played a great ball down the left to Adam Morning who's low cross was blasted home from close range by Jordan Goodeve.

Chorley for their part played a long ball game that was totally inefective with only the lively Wright causing any consternation but he was ably martialled by Christian Cooke.

A second goal was inevitable and duly arrived in the 35th minute. Goodeve was held up by a number of defenders on the edge of the box but somehow managed to squeeze a through ball to Chris Downey who calmly fired home from 10 yards.

Chorley created almost nothing as the Mossley defence dominated and it looked to be more of the same after the break as Goodeve (twice) and Downey missed decent chances to increase the lead before Mossley lost Karl Vernon with an injury with Nicky Thompson switching to central defence and Joel Pilkington coming on in midfield.

The enforced move disrupted Mossley's flow somewhat and Chorley were at last able to gain some kind of foothold in the game as for the first time they started to pass the ball instead of the poor quality long ball game employed earlier.

They were still unable to create any openings but two minutes from time were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box that saw Ian Dickinson curl home a well struck free kick to give the home side a glimmer of hope.

A couple of long balls into the Mossley box later and the final whistle sounded to the obvious joy and in some ways relief of the visiting fans.

Jordan Goodeve scores the opening goal

and celebrates with his team mates

pics courtesy Gradwelski

Christian Cooke