had to dig deep to win a hard earned victory over a strong
Salford City side at Seel Park on Saturday. It was an often
backs to the wall performance as the experienced visitors
gave the Mossley young guns a stern test after the Lilywhites
had taken an early two goal lead.
were unchanged from the win at Garforth in midweek, though
Peter Band replaced the injured Ben Fallows on the bench.
pressed from the start and won a couple of early corners
without troubling Mossley keeper Martin Pearson, but, after
dominating the ball in the opening exchanges the visitors
were rocked in Mossley's first forage forward with eight
minutes on the clock. Salford
defender Craig Flowers dallied on the ball and quick as
a flash Cameron Darkwah disposessed him and raced forward
before unleashing a brilliant shot past Salford's ex Mossley
keeper Andy Robertson to give the Lilywhites the lead.
were hurt but it didn't take long before Mossley hurt them
again by doubling the damage. Darkwah again used his pace
to outwit a Salford defender, racing down the left the speedy
Mossley striker first drew Robertson and then passed the
ball accross the face of goal for Danny Queeley to knock
home his first Mossley goal into an empty net.
after, Robertson was lucky to survive being caught out trying
to dribble the ball in his own box as Darkwah all but wrestled
the ball from him before the wildly eccentric Salford custodian
somewhat luckily recovered.
earlier hit the post with a Mattie Burke shot Salford halved
the defecit in the 33rd minute. The Ammies were awarded
a free kick for a disputed foul by Nick Swirad and Adam
Morning stepped up to strike home a cheeky set piece shot
from 25 yards.
lost big centre back Keil O'Brien through injury at the
interval with Peter Band his replacement and Salford went
in search of an equaliser.
were put to the test in the second half as Salford forged
wave after wave of attacks but to no avail. The Lilywhites
defence, as they had at Garforth four days earlier, came
under some heavy pressure, but, to a man, the Mossley defence
performed heroically and in fact only suffered a couple
of nervous moments,
Coppin replaced Joe Heap and soon after Harry Noon replaced
Lee Constantine as Mossley looked to freshen things up and
in what was by now a rare Mossley break Noon unable to get
a clean shot away as the ball bobbled from a Darkwah cross.
then got tougher for Mossley as Lee Rick was injured whilst
scuffing a shot and was to be all but a passenger for the
closing 15 minutes as Mossley had already used their quota
Pearson came to Mossley's rescue in the closing minutes
when Salford player-manager Rhodri Giggs turned through
a gap forcing a great double save as the in form Mossley
number 1 also kept out Martin Parker's effort from the rebound.
was Mossley who had the last chance of the match though.
Salford had just had a corner for which keeper Robertson
joined the attack but his forage upfield came to nought
and he had only just returned to his goal when Kayde Coppin
raced clear on the left. The Mossley winger then unleashed
a fierce drive that Robertson turned away brilliantly for
a Mossley corner. Queeley and Darkwah then kept the ball
in the corner up to the final whistle to earn Mossley their
third successive victory and lift the side from bottom to
13th place in the table in the space of one week.