created enough chances in the first half to have won several
games but failed to capitalize and finally succumbed in
the second half, conceding three defensively soft goals
as Mossley's shell-shocked players heads started to drop.
were without the injured Nathan Neequaye, Ben Richardson
and Tom Ingham while Cavell Coo was named on the bench but
was suffering with illness. Danny Queeley was recalled on
the left of midfield while Rob Flint and Peter Band returned
to the back four, Band having finally completed his two
both Band and Flint had a torrid afternoon as Band made
the mistake that led to Salford's opening goal and Flint
was given a very difficult test against the ever dangerous
Scott Metcalfe that he struggled to come to terms with,
particularly in that fateful second half.
game opened with both teams looking to get forward but it
was the home side who took the lead as early as the 8th
minute. Band missed a header and got on the wrong side of
the lively Danny Heffernan and the Salford forward hit a
fine shot from the edge of the box that gave Pearson no
response was almost immediate as three minutes later Lee
Rick fired a low ball into the box that Salford defender
Josh Bardsley swung at but missed completely and Tom Denton
stole in at the far post to rifle home his first Mossley
then set about carving Salford's weak looking defence to
ribbons but chance after chance went begging. Osebi Abadaki
danced around the keeper and looked a certain scorer until
the ball bobbled off his shin allowing for the home defence
to get some cover and his deflected shot looped in the air
for Denton to challenge but the Mossley big man was penalized
for a foul on the keeper.
again wriggled clear and this time was brought down for
a 'nailed on' penalty but the referee awarded Mossley a
corner, which it clearly wasn't. Lee Rick scuffed wide with
the goal at his mercy while Salford keeper made a fine save
to deny Danny Queeley. Keil O'Brien had a goalbound header
cleared off the line as Mossley looked certain to take the
lead but sadly it didn't happen for Mossley and they were
made to pay in the second half.
last real scoring chance came early in the second half when
Denton saw his goalbound header cleared off the line by
a covering defender.
saw an injury to a defender bring good fortune though as
centre back Raphale Evans limped off on 55 minutes to be
replaced by striker Ben Beresford with Heffernan switching
to a defensive role. Beresford then scored twice in the
space of eight minutes. Both goals were close range finishes
from low crosses, first from Metcalfe on the left and the
second from Cayne Hanley on the right. Both wingers should
have been closed down better and the central defence were
absent for both finishes.
was rubbed in Mossley's now gaping wounds in the 82nd minute
when Gavin Salmon's speculative shot took a deflection that
sent the ball spinning beyond Pearson's reach to give the
score a flattering look.
were hit again a few minutes from time when Abadaki hobbled
off with an ankle injury to compound the Lilywhites misery.
now need to quickly put this result behind them and look
to recover quickly with a win against Cammell Laird on Boxing