Gayle and Martin Allison both went close to increasing the lead from a series of corners but the game, without warning, suddenly turned on its head as Curzon stepped up a gear and Giggs and Delaney started to play an increasingly more prominent role in the role in the game; the ex-Mossley man in particular was proving to be a thorn in the side by continually cutting inside from the left onto his preferred right foot. It was a tactic that almost paid dividends as the half ticked over into stoppage time. Giggs found space to cross the ball to Norton who was in even more space at the back post but the Ashton forward could only power a shot into the side netting.
The relief on appearing to have reached the interval with our one goal lead intact was to be short lived though. The resultant goal kick immediately made its way back down the pitch at the feet of Mike Norton and his cross from the right was headed in at close range by an unmarked Ryan Moore.
Any thoughts that the 15 minute break would allow Mossley to regroup, rediscover their early form and push Curzon back were dismissed within moments of the restart. If anything the hopes of a win were quickly replaced by hopes of holding out for a draw as the visitors continued in the manner they'd finished the first period.
Ashley Connor produced a superb save from Delaney, Adam Jones got in the way of a goal bound header that would have given the side the lead, David Wallace cleared off the line following a corner for the second game in succession as the pressure really began to ramp up on the home side. Giggs then displayed some the finishing prowess shown by his brother's side in the recent Manchester derby by spurning a glorious chance inside the Mossley box, only for Norton to overshadow him a minute later by wasting an even more golden opportunity.
With seven minutes remaining though the possibility of a first point of the season faded. A sloppy pass in the middle of the pitch allowed Curzon to work the ball out to Ryan Moore and following a thirty yard run down the left he cut into the box and slipped the ball under Ashley Connor to double both his sides and his own personal tally for the night.
Mossley came incredibly close to claiming an equalizer when, with two minutes left (and sixty game minutes after their last attack of note), the ball was scrambled off the line following a corner but the sound of the final whistle soon ended what newly found dreams supporters may have harboured of a late draw being fashioned.
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