UniBond League Prseidents Cup Quarter Final

Saturday 11th February 2006
@ New Manor Ground, Ilkeston

1. Lee Bracey (6)
2. Andy Thackeray (6)
3. Steve Sheil (6)
4. Paul Challinor (7)
5. Danny Meadowcroft (c) (7)
6. Melford Knight (5) Y
7. Rhodri Giggs (7)
8. Nicky Thompson (7)
9. Jordan Goodeve (4)
10. Chris Downey (6)
11. Joe Shaw (8)
12. Adam Morning (7)
(for Goodeve 45 mins)
14. Joel Pilkington (7)
(for Meadowcroft 40 mins)
15. Callum Dempsey
(not used)

Ilkeston Town
1. Whittle
2. Ludlam
3. Jervis
4. Gaunt
5. Soar
6. Brewer
7. Clifford
8. Burns
9. Carruthers
10. Kirkwood
11. Holmes

12. Knowles
(for Ludlam)
14. Goddard
(for Carruthers)
15. Lyons
(for Burns)

John Burns (44)

Referee: D.Plowright (Mansfield)

Mossley went out of the UniBond League Presidents Cup at the quarter final stage with this narrow defeat at Premier Division Ilkeston Town on Saturday.

Ilkeston proved to be a very direct side who stifled Mossley’s attempts to play football on a pitch that cut up badly from very early in the game.

Neither side were able to carve any clear chances in what was a very poor spectacle. Mossley, without the ‘cup-tied’ pair of Martin Allison and new signing Paul Garvey were unable to create any chances of note in the first half while Ilkeston were similarly blunt in attack.

The games only goal came on 42 minutes. Melford Knight appeared to win a clean header just outside the Mossley box but the referee thought otherwise and awarded Ilkeston a free kick in a dangerous situation.

Ilkeston midfielder John Burns took the free kick and curled a fine shot around the Mossley wall and in off the foot of Lee Bracey’s right hand post.

Mossley lost captain Danny Meadowcroft with an ankle injury a minute before the break to compound their woes, and he was replaced by Joel Pilkington which meant Nicky Thompson moving into the back four.

The ‘out of sorts’ Jordan Goodeve was replaced at half time by Adam Morning for the youngster’s 100th Mossley appearance and his impact was almost immediate as some good runs and crosses tested debutant home keeper Tom Whittle. Whittle remained unperturbed and gave a good account of himself.

Rhodri Giggs came closest to an equaliser but his effort was saved at full stretch by Whittle while Morning was denied in similar fashion.

Ilkeston had a great opportunity to make victory certain when substitute Mick Goddard stole in at the far post only to drive well wide with the goal at his mercy.

Mossley applied some late pressure but were unable to make the breakthrough a strong Ilkeston defence to force extra time.


Joe Shaw