Title favourites Halifax were too strong
for an under strength Mossley at the Shay and deservedly took
all three points.
Mossley were without the unavailable Steve Settle,
Lee Blackshaw, Steve Moore and Nathan Neequaye while manager
John Flanagan was able to name only three substitutes, one
of which was a goalkeeper whilst Dave Brooke appeared on the
bench for the first time this season after a spell with Abbey
The home side were quick out of the blocks and
had Mossley under pressure for much of the opening half. Peter
Collinge being called upon more than once to make excellent
saves to keep the Shaymen at bay.
The inevitable opening goal came in the 24th
minute. The outstanding Scott Phelan set up Marshall, Collinge
saved brilliantly but the ball broke to Ryan Crossley who
bundled home from close range.
Mossley started to find a little fluency with
Mike Fish unlucky as Crossley nicked the ball off his toes
as he was about to shoot. It was still much against the run
of play though when Mossley forged an equaliser on 40 minutes.
Ben Richardson's long throw in from the right wing was fumbled
by keeper Hedge and Chris McDonagh headed the ball home from
Just as it looked like Mossley were going to
go into the break on level terms Halifax edged in front, although
the goal looked to be scored by an off-side player. Dean's
angled through ball fell to Marshall who slotted past Collinge
from ten yards.
Mossley looked livelier after the break but
Halifax were always a threat with their powerful and direct
approach. Ex Trafford midfielder Winter setting up Nick Gray
to put Halifax 3-1 up in the 58th minute.
Mossley then lost Mike Fish with a hamstring
injury with defender Nick Boothby a straight replacement.
Mossley pressed looking to pull a goal back and Matty Kay
saw his looping header force an uncomfortable save by Hedge.
Then Hedge somehow blocked substitute Dave Brooke's close
range effort as Mossley forced a series of corners.
Halifax then suckered Mossley with a fourth
goal when Harry Winter curled a great 20 yard shot low to
Collinge's left hand post after Mossley had oinly partially
cleared a corner.
Mossley didn't give up and earned a deserved
second goal late on when Ben Richardson fired in a fierce
right wing cross and Andy Watson rose to power home a header
from six yards to round off the scoring.
Halifax, having lost only one match all season
and none at home saw Mossley become the first visiting team
to score twice at the Shay this season. The Lilywhites are
also the only side to score three in any League game against
them as they did in the recent game at Hurst Cross.
report by John Cawthorne
pics by Smiffy