UniBond League Division One

Saturday 10th
December 2005
@ Sir Halley Stewart Field, Spalding

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

Jordan Goodeve
Jordan Goodeve
Paul Challinor
Chris Downey

Spalding United


Mossley's second half performance earned them victory as they trampled on the Tulips.

Spalding started brightly but Mossley sat back and soaked up the early pressure. The closest Spalding came was on 5 minutes when Stephen Sheil gave away the ball unnecessary and Sam Wadieh for Spalding found himself in space but his rash shot was misdirected and only threatened a low flying bird.

Mossley finally gained the upper hand midway through the half but the playing surface was not conducive to  the close control football Mossley like to play. Giggs should have put Mossley in front on two occasion's. His first a shot from the edge of the box going narrowly wide and a glaring miss minutes later when Morning fired in a cross only for Giggs to hit the ball over the bar from 6 yards.

Giggs finally got the ball in the back of the net on 36 minutes but was adjudged offside after beating His marker and firing a low shot passed the keeper.

Adam Morning on 43 minutes hit a weak free kick from the edge of the box which was easily saved  by Pledger in the Spalding goal. From the resulting punt up field Wadieh was upended on the edge of the Mossley box by Danny Meadowcroft and as the twitching Mossley Traveling support watched on Lee Hudson hit the free kick into the wall.

Mossley came out for the second half in buoyant mood and took the game to Spalding. Some of the attacking flair not shown in the first half was now coming to the fore and Giggs and Morning on the flanks were beginning to open up the slow and static Spalding defence.

Jordan Goodeve opened up the scoring on 56 minutes, Chris Downey was fouled on the edge of the penalty area and Goodeve stepped up and thumped the free kick over the wall and beating the stationary keeper at his near post.

Lee Bracey in the Mossley goal was rarely troubled and didn't have a save to make what with the mossley defence working well as a unit and Thompson and the consistent Melford Knight in the midfield breaking up any Spalding attack.

Jordan Goodeve scored his second on sixty five minutes with a close range shot again following some excellent play by Giggs.

It was three nil to Mossley on seventy six minutes Paul Challinor headed home a pinpoint delivered corner from Morning.

Mossley were now able to keep the ball and attack at their own pace. The scoring was complete on 87 minutes when Chris Downey, who had worked hard all afternoon, received the ball on the edge of the box, shook off three markers and calmly rolled the ball past the Spalding keeper into the back of the net.

Mossley's victory from their travels means that they are steadily applying the pressure at the top of the table and sitting pretty in second place a single point behind Bridlington Town with three games in hand on them.

report courtesy of Dave Buckley


Paul Challinor