UniBond League Cup 2nd Round

Tuesday 6th December 2005
@ Seel Park, Mossley

1. Sam McEwen (7)
2. Christian Cooke (8)
3. Steve Sheil (7)
4. Callum Dempsey (7) Y
5. Andrew Russell (6)
6. Nicky Thompson (6)
7. Rhodri Giggs (c) (6) Y
8. Joe Shaw (7)
9. Jordan Goodeve (6)
10. Chris Downey (7)
11. Anthony Bingham (6)
12. Danny Meadowcroft (7)
(for Russell 52 mins)
14. Adam Morning (6)
(for Bingham 60 mins)
15. Melford Knight (7)
(for Thompson 65 mins)

Witton Albion
1. Kennedy
2. Brownhill Y
3. Ness
4. Pritchard (c)
5. Spearitt
6. King
7. Maguire
8. Lloyd
9. Jones
10. Maynard
11. Peers

12. Hurst
(for Jones)
14. Cartner
(for Peers)
15. M.Jones
(for Lloyd)

Witton Albion
Maybnard (25)
King (81)

Referee: G.Atkins

Mossley manager Jason Beckford used this UniBond Challenge Cup tie against Premier Division Witton Albion to give debuts to recent signing Callum Dempsey and youngster Andrew Russell in an experimental line up which also saw Nicky Thompson and Joe Shaw fill the central midfield berths with Joel Pilkington rested and Melford Knight on the bench.

On a Seel park pitch still damaged from Saturday's game both sides found it difficult to get the ball down and play football as the ball bobbled about as if with a mind of it's own on the cut up surface.

After a shaky start for the debutants which saw Witton carve a couple of half chances, the Lilywhites forced a couple of corners which were easily dealt with by Witton's very solid defence. Jordan Goodeve and Chris Downey got very little quality service from the flanks and the unfamilar midfield looked decidedly off the pace.

It was certainly a game to quickly forget after Saturday's excellent performance and Witton were full value for what was in the end a comfortable victory for the well placed Cheshire club.

Witton opened the scoring in the 25th minute with a fine individual effort by on loan Crewe Alexandra striker Nick Maynard. Steve Sheil's long throw was cleared with Mossley having pushed men forward and the pacey frontman outpaced Thompson from the half way line and cut inside to rasp a fierce drive from ten yards that gave Sam McEwen no chance.

Jordan Goodeve struck a fine effort off the bar as Mossley tried to gain a foothold in the game, but with crosses from both wings generally hitting the first man, the 'luck of the bounce' seemed to go against Mossley all evening.

The early second half arrival of Danny Meadowcroft, Adam Morning and Melford Knight gave the Mossley team a more familiar look and the Lilywhites began to dominate proceding with Knight prominent in several Mossley raids, but a mixture of wayward shooting and poor service to the front players meant Mossley were unable to trouble keeper Jon Kennedy in the Albion goal.

Witton scored a fine second goal with nine minutes remaining when Jordan King gave McEwen no chance with a great 25 yard strike that found the top corner of the net.

The final minutes were played out with Witton content to hold what they had and earn a place in the third round. For Mossley it's now an enforced entry into the Chairmans Cup!


Christian Cooke