Pre Season Friendly
1st August 2005
@ Seel Park, Mossley
1. Daz Hobson
2. Nicky Thompson
3. Andy Thackeray
4. Jordan Goodeve
5. Paul Challinor
6. Steve Sheil
7. Josh Howard
8. Paul Murphy
9. Steve Owens
10. Chris Downey
11. Adam Morning
12. Melford Knight
14. Rhodri Giggs
15. Christian Cooke
16. Wes Wilkinson
Chris Downey (43)
Adam Morning (75)
A youthful Macclesfield Town side gave Mossley another useful work out
tonight. Mossley were without Phil Denney and Danny Meadowcroft, both
receiving knocks on Saturday, and forced to field an untried goalkeeper
following the sudden departure of Ian Willcock. Into the squad came former
Macclesfield wing back Christian Cooke and former Nantwich Town striker
Wes Wilkinson latterly with Oldham Athletic, both players appearing as
second half substitutes.
Mossley began the game in confident mood and took control from the off,
threatening the visitors defence on a number of occasions without finding
a clear shot on goal.
Macclesfield weathered the early storm and then scored with their first
chance of the game in the 26th minute. Rob Whyte touching
home Izak Reid's cross.
It was somewhat against the run of play as was the second when it came
ten minutes later when Rob Whyte finished off Marvin
Mossley finally got the goal their general play deserved two minutes before
the break when Chris Downey pounced to score from ten
yards after having his initial effort blocked.
Wes Wilkinson's trickery and inventiveness threatened to open the Macclesfield
defence repeatedly through the second half and the Lilywhites went close
on several occasions before Marvin McDonald created a
chance out of nothing at the other end and drove a fine shot into the
top corner from 18 yards.
Mossley pulled a goal back in the 75th minute when Wilkinson and Downey
combined to set Adam Morning racing through to finish
with aplomb in the bottom corner.
Mossley dominated the remainder of the game without finding the final
breakthrough and Macc held on to a narrow win.