the Mossley keeper, Peter Collinge, directed his poweful
90+2 header under rather than over the crossbar, only the
meanest of Durham supporters would have begrudged the Lilywhites
a thoroughly deserved share of the spoils: they had played
the more attractive football while City ended up with all
The visitors started off a mere shadow of the side City
had outplayed only the previous week and challenged every
ball, although it was City who went close to a goal on 7minutes
when Amar Purewal slipped his marker before crossing to
David Dowson at the near post, the latter\'s shot being
deflected for a non-productive corner.
on 12minutes City took the lead: Dowson set up Stephen Thompson
who was sent sprawling in the box as he attempted to round
Mike Jones; Collinge guessed right but Thompson\'s strike
beat the keeper's full-length dive.
minute later Andrew Stephenson was within a whisker of beating
Collinge with a trademark distant lob before the keeper
got down smartly to smother a Dowson shot, and Amar Purewal
toe-poked past the post.
had to wait until the twenty first minute for their first
goal attempt, a shot-on-the-turn in the six yard box by
Kristian Dennis that lacked any power.
came City and only a superb diving save by Collinge kept
out a powerful drive by Amar Purewal, the keeper then fisting
clear off the same player\'s head as they both rose to meet
a Tommy English cross.
dominated the opening first half hour, and Thompson shot
wide of the post after any number of City players had had
pots at goal in the same movement.
minutes later Matty Kay gave Lewis Graham a comfortable
save before Dennis had the City keeper at full stretch to
fingertip away a sizzling drive.
effort clearly buoyed Mossley and their cause was further
advantaged when City lost the craft and graft of Elliot
Cutts in midfield. Matty Kay had Lewis Graham at full stretch
before sloppy defending gifted the visitors an unexpected
equalizer, Chris Rowney hitting a short corner by Dennis
through a crowd of players from outside the box.
squandered two immediate chances to restore their lead when
Thompson toe-poked wide of the advancing Collinge and Amar
Purewal\'s shot was too near the keeper after he had been
sent clear beyond the back four.
the second minute of the second half Dennis wasted a good
chance with a wayward shot and Lewis Graham had to desert
his line to deny the same player three minutes later.
seemed to have lost their initial verve and attacks were
being halted with panicky clearances; in contrast, Mossley
were knocking the ball about with increasing confidence
and menace, a series of promising attacks culminating in
Gareth Ayers hacking off the line on 76 minutes.
got their second wind, but Amar Purewal was off target in
a rare breakaway attack and Dowson hit a shot straight at
Collinge before substitute Kyle McGonigal was only just
wide on 80 minutes.
latest threat galvanized City into positive action and Dowson
broke clear to eventually beat Collinge inside the box with
five minutes remaining. Two minutes later City seemed to
have settled the match when substitute Jack Pounder scored
City\'s third with a sweetly-struck left-foot drive to capitalize
on a peach of an assist from Ayers.
Dennis screamer from outside the box in the first minute
of stoppage-time set the scene for Collinge\'s last-ditch
effort as described earlier.
Purewal was simply magnificent both in the air and on the
deck, Ross Wilkinson's head alone spared City a home defeat
and Craig “Attila” Harbord timed to perfection
some important crunching tackles which, if mistimed, would
surely have given him first use of the shower.
luck, Mossley and thank you to the “Clarence”
who negotiated the latest episode in City's “Wonderful
Life”, as they completed their March fixtures undefeated
with four victories and two draws.
Repoort by Ken Milgate