was chances galore for Mossley as the Lilywhites returned
to winning ways with a thoroughly entertaining four goal
victory against Ossett Albion at an extremely chilly Seel
Park on Tuesday night.
boss Shaun Higgins gave a debut to Rochdale loanee Callum
Byrne and he was quick to show his credentials, scoring
one and creating two of Mossley's, what was in the end a
side showed a number of changes and a somewhat different
system to that employed at Chester on Saturday. Peter Collinge
returned from suspension with an assured display, a mis-hit
clearance apart. Cavell Coo made his first start for the
club in the wide midfield area, Daryl Weston also returned
from suspension to strengthen midfield while Lee Blackshaw
quite successfuly partnered Mike Oates up front.
a couple of neat touches in the opening moments new boy
Byrne sprang to life in the fifth minute. Receving the ball
on the right wing, the teenager stepped inside two defenders
before curling a superb 25 yard strike left footed into
the top left corner of the net, to give Mossley a great
start and Byrne an early moment to savour in his first outing
in a Mossley shirt.
to their credit, braved out the shock of the early goal
and caused a couple of moments of consternation in the Mossley
box themselves. Collinge was alert to the danger though
and made a couple of smart saves.
went close when Ben Richardson fired across the face of
goal when he had opened a gap for himself on the left while
Blackshaw's low cross saw Oates a fraction from scoring
and Blackshaw also had a great chance from Richardson's
cross but sliced his shot badly. Blackshaw was also unfortunate
to be cynically brought down with a clear run on goal from
halfway by Ossett defender Uttley who rather surprisingly
didn't receive a card. A situation rectified in the second
half for an equally cynical foul that received a yellow
card but could easily have been red.
second half saw Mossley in almost total control of the game,
playing neat passing football all over the park, dragging
the by now overworked Ossett defence around with them, but
a killer second goal was elusive.
came and went. Cavell Coo was flagged off-side as he popped
the ball in the net and the Ossett goal lived a charmed
life for much of the half.
so much possession and not killing the game off, Mossley
left themselves open to the counter attacks and with ten
minutes to go had a narrow escape. Skipper Graham Kay, playing
his first home game of the season, superbly cleared off
the line when an Ossett goal looked certain.
a minute of Kay's spectacular clearance the game was finally
sealed. A terrific through ball by Byrne was collected at
pace by Mike Oates who raced through to fire past a helpless
Herriott from just inside the box.
the game finally won, Mossley went in search of more goals.
Substitute Danny Egan twice tested Herriott as Mossley's
dominance became total. Fellow substitute Sam Hare was everywhere
linking passes in midfield and Blackshaw and Byrne where
proving too tricky to handle.
third goal arrived in the 88th minute. Mossley won a free
kick 20 yards out to the right of the Ossett goal and Lee
Blackshaw calmly slotted the ball left footed beyond the
Ossett wall and into the bottom left corner of the net.
the game in stoppage time Mossley scored a fourth. Byrne
firing the ball through a crowded penalty box with Oates
getting the final touch. The final whistle sounded as Ossett
kicked off to restart.
was Mossley's best performance and result for several games
and certainly gives the manager something to build upon
with some winnable games ahead and the upper mid-table only
a 'games in hand' win or two away.
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