finally returned to winning ways in the Evo-stik League
at Seel Park on Tuesday night when beating Ossett Town 3-2.
This after being pegged back from a two goal lead before
half time time to two converted penalties.
Halford made several changes from the 1-1 draw at Trafford
on Saturday, mostly positional, as the Lilywhites employed
a different formation than recent games. Halford left himself
out of the 16 and Ben Fallows came in at left back, Keil
O'Brien returned from suspension with Joe Heap recalled
to the starting 11. Danny Queeley moved off the left wing
to partner Tom Denton up front.
attacked from the start with Queeley and Denton soon amongst
the thick of the action and the Lilywhites opened the scoring
in the 11th minute. Joe Heap darted into the box only to
be fouled by Ryan White and Tom Denton stepped up to hammer
home from the penalty spot.
minutes later Mossley doubled their lead. Danny Queeley
capitalizing to score when a mix up between visitors skipper
Mark Haran and former Mossley keeper Ashley Connor saw the
latter spill the ball at the Mossley forward's feet. Connor
then needed lengthy treatment following the goal as he hurt
himself in the melee.
were totally in control and enjoyed a spell of controlled
pass and move football, but, when they needlessly lost possession
in midfield Ossett broke and Peter Band conceded a penalty
bringing down Shane Kelsey. Lee Garside rifled home the
spot kick, 2-1.
now raised their game and enjoyed some possession around
the Mossley box but had very few chances to shoot and when
they did they were off target with Martin Pearson's goal
relatively untroubled, barring a solitary diving save.
defence was standing firm to Mossley pressure as Joe Heap
made a nuisance of himself with some typical mazy runs while
Queeley and Denton were still a thorn in Ossett's collective
when Ossett broke through on the left four minutes before
the interval, Mark Haslam clipped the heel of Neil Towler
and Ossett were awarded a second penalty. Mossley's fourth
soft penalty conceded in the last three games. Again up
stepped Lee Garside to send Pearson the wrong way for a
second time, 2-2.
second half saw Ossett, seemingly happy with the score-line,
sit back allowing Mossley to come on to them. The visitors
were proving stubborn to break down though. Denton was a
whisker away from getting on the end of Heap's low cross
and Heap also came close himself on a couple of occasions.
finally edged in front again on 69 minutes. Danny Hudson
had just replaced Queeley when Denton worked a move on the
right and played a great ball through for Ben Richardson.
The Mossley midfielder took a heavy first touch but still
got to the ball before keeper Connor only to see his effort
loop onto the crossbar. Richardson was then alert enough
to react first to the rebound and head the ball home unchallenged
from a yard out.
defensive game plan now ended, they tried to find a way
forward but threatened rarely as Mossley controlled the
midfield and the Lilywhites defence dominated the Ossett
created a number of chances thereafter. Hudson fired powerfully
over the bar when put clear and fellow substitute Ben McNamara,
on for Heap, shot straight at Connor when he scampered through
a defensive gap. Hudson again went close after a skilful
run on the left and substitute Kayde Coppin and Denton again,
almost added to the advantage as the Lilywhites finished
in the ascendancy with Ossett unable to find any way back
into the game.
played out the last few minutes with ten men after Ben Richardson
struggled off with a shoulder injury after a collison with
Connor, but it didn't prevent Mossley from holding on to
the lead and earning their first League victory of 2012
and their first three point haul under Steve Halford's management
after a recent run of draws.