For the fourth time in five games a goal from Lee
Blackshaw turned out to be the decisive moment in a Mossley
match as not even the disadvantage of playing for almost an
hour with ten men could stop the Lilywhites from recording
their fifth successive victory.
The home side took a 6th minute lead when centre half Graham
Kay found himself in the unusual position of being the furthest
man forward in a Mossley attack. Some patient build-up play
from Ben Richardson and Jordan Goodeve found a perfectly timed
run into the box by Chris McDonagh and his low cross was met
by Kay who stooped to head the ball home.
At this point Mossley looked like scoring every time they
ventured forward and when Blackshaw was hauled to the ground
inside the penalty area in the 12th minute, they were awarded
the opportunity increase their lead from the spot. Unfortunately
for the Lilywhites Steve Moore's effort from twelve yards
wasn't the best penalty he's ever taken and Ben Saynor was
able to make a good, if somewhat comfortable, save.
The miss appeared to take the wind out of Mossley's sails
and for the remainder of the half they struggled to rediscover
the form that, with some better finishing, could have seen
them end the game as a contest within the opening quarter
of an hour. Admittedly their cause wasn't helped when Kay
was shown a straight red card for retaliating to a dangerous
looking challenge from Shane Kelsey but it didn't hinder them
either as, barring one good claim for a penalty when Nathan
James was bundled over by keeper Peter Collinge, Ossett failed
to pose any kind of threat to the numerically challenged home
side in the first period.
The second half started with Michael Fish and McDonagh both
going close to doubling an advantage that was eventually,
and surprisingly, cancelled out in the 57th minute. A mini
period of pressure which began with Kelsey hitting the upright
from a free-kick ended with Andy Brownrigg heading past Collinge
following a dead ball kick taken in almost exactly the same
Rather than being a catalyst for the Yorkshire side to go
forward in search of a winner though, the equaliser re-galvanized
Mossley and ten minutes later they were back in front; substitute
Steve Settle's low ball across the six yard box having been
directed into the net by Blackshaw. A third and fourth goal
went agonisingly close to being added over the next two minutes
as Richardson fired narrowly wide of an upright that Settle
hit moments later with a venomous shot.
At this stage you began to wonder which side had actually
been reduced in number as Mossley continued to press forward
in search of more goals. McDonagh missed a golden opportunity
to have sealed the win when he hit the crossbar from only
two yards out and Saynor produced a good recovering save after
his handling error almost presented Nathan Neequaye with a
similarly gilt edged chance.
The match reached its conclusion with the Lilywhites only
having to endure one minor scare before they could claim a
deserved win against their lacklustre opponents.
Report by SJNR
Pics by Sara P. Robinson