UniBond League Division One

Tuesday 23rd August 2005
@ Bracken Moor,

1. Lee Bracey (7)
2. Andy Thackeray (c) (7)
3. Steve Sheil (7)
4. Karl Vernon (8)
5. Paul Challinor (7)
6. Nicky Thompson (9)
7. Rhodri Giggs (8)
8. Jordan Goodeve (8)
9. Phil Denney (8) Y
10. Chris Downey (8)
11. Adam Morning (7)
12. Paul Murphy
(not used)
14. Christian Cooke
(not used)
15. Joe Shaw
(not used)

Steve Sheil (14)
Jordan Goodeve (20)
Karl Vernon (32)

Stocksbridge PS
1. Steve Hodgson
2. Andy Smith
3. Scott Lowe
4. Duncan Richards
5. Darren Schofield
6. Gary Middleton
7. Steve Gaughan
8. Wayne Bullimore
9. Andy Ring
10. Stefan Zoll
11. Chris Dolby
12. Ross Hannah
(not used)
14. Ben Walker
(for Zoll)
15. Luke Smith
(not used)

Stefan Zoll (22)
Chris Dolby (74)

Mossley were pushed all the way by a lively Stocksbridge side at Bracken Moor this evening, but did enough in attack in the first half and in defence in the second to secure a second successive victory.

The game was an entertaining affair throughout, played on a lush but lively surface.

Mossley were lively from the off and had already threatened on several occasions before taking in 14th minute lead. Rhodri Giggs’ long corner was headed home at the far post by Steve Sheil.

Lee Bracey made a fine save to deny Andy Ring but it felt like Saturday again as Mossley then raced into a two goal lead on 20 minutes when Jordan Goodeve rasped home another great strike from a free kick 25 yards out after Downey had been fouled.

The home side reduced the arrears two minutes later when a ball in from the right eluded the Mossley defence and Stefan Zoll was on hand to score despite the desperate attempts of Andy Thackeray to clear the danger.

Stocksbridge then enjoyed a spell of pressure and Sheil headed Bullimore’s free kick off the line.

However Mossley were in no mood to capitulate and opened the two goal advantage again in the 32nd minute. Rhodri Giggs won a corner on the right and Morning struck the perfect cross for Karl Vernon to powerfully head home from 12 yards.

The second half saw Mossley forced to defend deeper as
Stocksbridge tried to find a way back into the game and Chris Dolby gave them hope when he scored a spectacular 20 solo goal in the 74th minute.

Mossley ought to have been awarded a penalty when Downey was felled in the corner of the box but fell outside the area and the referee awarded a free kick on the edge. Giggs effort almost foxing keeper Hodgson.

Denney and Downey had worked tirelessly up front for Mossley all night both had half chances while at the other end Zoll brought a fine save out of Bracey who was then forced to tip Ring’s looping effort over the bar.

Stocksbridge through everything they could at Mossley’s defence but the Lilywhites sporting the new claret and blue kit for the first time hung on to secure what may prove to be three excellent points against a decent Stocksbridge outfit.

Steve Sheil heads home the opener (pic SJNR)

Jordan Goodeve (out of picture) blasts home the second goal (pic SJNR)

Nicky Thompson