MOSSLEY 3 - 0 GOOLE
UniBond League Division One
22nd October 2005
Mossley strolled to a comfortable 3-0 win over a very ordinary Goole team at Seel Park this afternoon.
The Lilywhites always appeared to have another gear in reserve but it wasn't necessary to use it and instead what may have been a cricket score was kept to three by visitors keeper Chris Hill and some wayward finishing as Mossley carved open the visitors defence at will.
Leon Mike making his first Seel park appearance of the season and the in form Rhodri Giggs were too hot to handle for the home defence while young wide-men Adam Morning and Joe Shaw were also more than a handful for Goole's overworked defence while Melford Knight and home debutant Nehru McKenzie controlled the midfield.
Chances came thick and fast while at the other end keeper Lee Bracey was a virtual spectator as Goole, despite a pre match huddle looked lacking in team spirit and cohesion.
Giggs and Mike were spectacularly denied by Hill as Mossley played some fluid football on a tricky rain soaked surface and the Lilywhites took the lead in the 11th minute. Rhodri Giggs played a delightful through ball as Melford Knight burst through the middle to slot home.
Chances continued to come Mossley's way. Giggs came close on several occasions while Mike fired narrowly wide with a great strike. Mossley were forced to re-organise the defence just after the half hour with Nicky Thompson leaving the fray with what looked like a rib injury but fellow defenders Andy Thackeray, Paul Challinor and Steve Sheil were in such commanding form that it didn't disturb the team as Joel Pilkington came on at left back.
Melford Knight had a goal disallowed for a narrow off-side early in the second half and despite still only trailing by one goal, Goole were still unable to mount anything resembling a dangerous attack. If there was still a slight doubt in Mossley's collective mind as to the outcome, those doubts were waylaid in the 58th minute when Joe Shaw set up Rhodri Giggs who's first effort was saved by Hill but the Mossley striker reacted first to the loose ball and side-stepped the now prostrate keeper for Mossley's second.
The third goal came in the 81st minute as Morning's cross was controlled by Giggs who unselfishly teed up Leon Mike to slot home his first Mossley goal of the season.
MOSSLEYWEB MAN OF THE MATCH