The Lilywhites returned to winning ways in their league campaign and fourth spot in the table with a relatively comfortable win over Rossendale United at a rain swept Seel Park.
The early stages of the game were a fraught and cagey affair as both teams attempted to adjust to the appalling conditions, but it was the home side that settled first and the lead they took in the 18th minute was one they never once looked like relinquishing.
That opening goal was the result of a fine team effort which involved Lee Blackshaw threading the ball through a cluster of opponents to find Michael Fish wide on the left. His first time cross found Danny Self arriving at the back post and the player who'd only been on the pitch for a matter of minutes as a replacement for the injured Leon Henry, diverted the ball through the legs of Hall to register his first goal in a Mossley shirt.
Fish, Dignan, Graham Kay and even Dale's Kevin Brown all went close to doubling Mossley's advantage before a second goal finally arrived five minutes before the interval. It was almost identical to the first too. This time though it was Fish himself who was the beneficiary of a perfectly weighted cross from the left wing; Mossley's leading scorer stooping to head home Danny Digan's delivery for his fifteenth goal of the season.
With Mossley appearing to be happy with their two goal lead and Rossendale looking more fired up than they had been for the first forty five minutes, the second half turned out to be a little less one sided.
The increase in possession the visitors enjoyed also translated into them spending more time than they had previously done around the Mossley penalty area. But thanks to some solid defending from a Lilywhites back line looking to post their first clean sheet in all competitions since the beginning of September, the side from Rawtenstall were confined to shooting wildly from distance.
It wasn't until the 80th minute that they finally called Andy Robertson into making a telling save, Stag's captain Phil Eastwood forcing the Mossley keeper to tip his powerful shot over the cross bar. The resultant corner also saw Robertson called into action, this time to acrobatically turn a 20 yard effort from James Heywood around the post.
In throwing men forward in search of a way back into the the game, Rossendale were leaving themselves open to a counter attack and it was an invitation the home side gratefully accepted in the 83rd minute.
Picking up possession after a visitor's set-piece had petered out, Anthony Robinson sent Danny Self charging down the right wing. After running over half the length of the pitch the former FC United winger played the ball into the path of fellow substitute Danny Egan who in turn tapped it past Hall for the goal that sealed the victory.
Report by SJNR
Mossley comfortably soak up some early Rossendale pressure pic by Aaron Flanagan
Danny Dignan, always working hard pic by Aaron Flanagan
Ryan Cook, a class act pic by Aaron Flanagan
Danny Self meets Mike Fish's cross . . . pic by Aaron Flanagan
and gives Rossy keeper Hall no chance pic by Aaron Flanagan
Self enjoys his first Mossley goal pic by Aaron Flanagan
Danny Dignan takes on Richard Watson pic by Aaron Flanagan
Mike Fish heads home the second pic by Garry Hadfield
this is fun! pic by Aaron Flanagan
Self wins another header pic by Garry Hadfield
Lee Blackshaw is well involved pic by Garry Hadfield
up in the air pic by Garry Hadfield
Mike Fish concentrates pic by Garry Hadfield
Danny Egan wraps up the scoring with Mossley's third pic by Garry Hadfield