Mossley produced a determined performance
to come from behind and take three vital points at Cammell
After an inactive three week period since
the last game Mossley were slow to get into their stride,
and Cammell took the lead on 9 minutes when debutant Todd
Blaney darted through the Mossley rearguard on to a neat
through ball to round Pete Collinge and roll the ball
into the empty net.
It could have been worse for Mossley two
minutes later when a cross from the right found Blaney
at the far post, and after cutting inside, his goal bound
effort was cleared off the line by Andy Watson, who then
recovered well to also block the follow up effort.
Mossley then moved Ben Richardson into
midfield with Mike Oates covering the right flank, and
slowly they began to impose themselves. Kristian Dennis'
shot was deflected for a corner, then Richardsons powerful
drive narrowly cleared the bar.
Mossley were trying to use the flanks to
good effect with Oates and Cavell Coo prominent in trying
to break down the home defence.
On 38 minutes Dennis flicked a great ball
into the path of Matty Kay, who raced past the last defender
to finish confidently into the bottom corner.Mossley's
football was now starting to flow and after Fish had a
low shot saved by the home keeper, neat build up play
freed Coo on the left only for his cross to be blocked
at the near post.
The second half started in scrappy fashion
with neither side able to threaten the opposing goal,Mossleys
best chance being a Richardson free kick from the left
after Fish had been fouled but the keeper made a routine
save. For their part Cammell did create a couple of half
chances but weren't able to trouble Collinge. Mossley
then upped the pace again and a good Oates cross forced
The winning goal arrived after 70 minutes
when Richardson, now playing on the left, found half a
yard to whip in a near post cross which Dennis expertly
clipped past the keeper into the opposite corner of the
Oates and Fish then combined to set up
Daryl Weston, whose piledriver was deflected wide. Cammell
tried to force their way back into the game and after
a couple of shots went narrowly wide, Collinge had to
be alert to tip over a powerful strike from the edge of
the box, with Mossley surviving an appeal for handball
from the resulting corner.
After Richardson had once again shot narrowly
over the bar, Cammell had their best period with a sustained
spell of pressure which forced Mossley back, but Graham
Kay and his fellow defenders proved up to the task, with
Mossley surviving a further penalty claim for handball.
It only remained for Mossley to have the
final word in injury time when some superb one touch build
up play saw Richardson play in Connor Hampson but the
Mossley sub unfortunately slipped at the vital moment
and couldn't convert.
A vital 3 points which sees the team up to 12th place,
and once the early cobwebs had been blown away, a more
than satisfactory performance from all involved.
Report by Paul Settle