GRESLEY ROVERS 1-4 MOSSLEY
FA Challenge Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round
Mossley earned a highly reputable victory over Gresley Rovers at the Maot Ground to make progress in the FA Trophy.
The home side were humbled to their heaviest defeat of the season by the freescoring Lilywhites, who although maybe flattered by the margin of the scoreline, fully deserved their victory.
Mossley created a couple of early half chances through Rhodri Giggs and Adam Morning before Lee Bracey, who had an outstanding game, was in the thick of the action saving from Holmes and Barrett.
Mossley took the lead on 17 minutes. Morning won a corner on the left, played a short one to Joe Show who's driven cross was acrobatically palmed away by home keeper Saxby but after Leon Mike's effort was blocked Paul Challinor was on hand to drive home through a crowded box.
Play swung from end to end but Morning and Giggs were a constant threat for Mossley while Holmes and Tate were denied by Bracey.
Gresley introduced top scorer Aaron O'Connor soon after the interval and Gresley played some flowing football without causing too many problems as most of their efforts were wayward but the fast and skilful O'Connor remained a threat.
Top scorer Chris Downey, returning after injury, replaced Leon Mike to give the home defence a different set of problems and shortly after Mossley replaced Joe Shaw with recent signing Anthony Bingham in the 68th minute and doubled the lead through the new boy just three minutes later as he powered home a header from Morning's pin point cross after Giggs and Melford Knight had brilliantly opened the home defence.
A minute later Gresley were back in the game again as Paul Edwards scored at the second attempt after Bracey had saved his initial effort.
Gresley threw everything they had at Mossley as they searched for an equaliser and as the previously quietened Gresley choir swung into action a spectacular comeback seemed possible. Bracey made great saves to deny O'Connor and Edwards as Mossley were forced to defend in numbers.
Mossley were always a threat on the break though and that threat brought the Lilywhites reward as they all but secured victory five minutes from time as Giggs again provided the ideal outlet and Downey's movement gave Adam Morning the chance to step inside his marker and score right footed from 15 yards.
Gresley, by now desperate, pushed forward again, but the Lilywhites again broke and when Saxby completely mis-cued a clearance Chris Downey was able to sidestep his way around the keeper and roll the ball past a stranded defender on the line to complete a famous victory.
MAN OF THE MATCH