misfiring Skelmersdale team found the accelerator pedal
after half-time, to burn off the chances of a Mossley team
that arrived at the West Lancashire College Stadium, with
the intention of blocking their progress and for a while
looked likely to achieve that aim. Tommy Lawson’s
side found themselves a goal down at the interval despite
having the majority of the possession, but within five minutes
of the restart found the power to take the lead, inside
five minutes, then confirm victory with a goal thirteen
minutes from time.
were on top from the kick-off. After three minutes Mossley
keeper Martin Pearson just beat Paul Woolcott to a lovely
crossfield ball from Lee Parle, then in the eleventh Pearson
saved from Shaun Tuck, before on the quarter-hour a nice
bit of interplay between Woolcott and Gareth Peet on the
left, put the ball to Chris Almond’s feet, however
with his back to goal, Almond flicked a back-heel effort
that was scrambled off the line.
the time though, the impression was that Skelmersdale just
couldn’t get any momentum going, but still they plugged
on and looked the better side.
24th minute a lobbed ball from Mike Burke dropped just inside
the eighteen yard box, Tuck went after it and bravely got
a toe to the ball before outrushing keeper Pearson. The
two inevitably collided and Tuck needed treatment.
nearest Skelmersdale came to breaking the first-half deadlock
was a 27th minute header from Tuck at the far post from
a Woolcott cross, Pearson got a flat hand to the ball, which
dropped like a stone on the line and again Mossley managed
game changed in the 35th minute, when Mossley number nine
Harry Noon went down injured and needed lengthy treatment,
the players were stood around for a number of minutes, the
result was that Mossley regained their breath and went onto
the offensive for the first time in the game.
warning of what was to follow came in the 40th minute, when
Cameron Darkwah hit a thunderous shot at goal from 20 yards,
how Skelmersdale keeper Sam Ashton saw it is debateable,
let alone pull off the magnificent save he did to turn it
onto a post.
time, Darkwah got loose down the left and sent the ball
skimming across goal, Tom Ingham got to it first and poked
it over the line, to give Mossley an unlikely lead, but
one that had been coming for the previous ten minutes.
emerged from the dressing-room after the break and roared
into top gear. A foul on Peet on the left gave Steve Hussey
a free-lick that he floated delicately to the far post;
Rob McIntosh hoisted himself up and put a dropping header
over Pearson into the far corner.
the 50th minute, Skelmersdale had achieved a complete turnaround
in fortunes. Almond skipped away down the left and delivered
the ball across goal; the diminutive Woolcott “muscled”
his way in and guided the ball home neatly.
been slack towards the end of the first-half Skelmersdale
were not going to let Mossley back and a diving header to
clear his lines by McIntosh in the 58th minute, was symbolic
of their attitude.
game was sewn up in the 77th minute. As usual, sniffing
around the Mossley backline, Tuck pounced on a misunderstanding
between defender and goalkeeper; he rounded Pearson and
rolled the ball into the empty net.
the game Skem Manager Tommy Lawson said; “Some days
you play better than others, today I would say we played
within ourselves, but having said that I must give credit
to the players for the huge effort they made and the huge
effort Mossley made too.”
Match Report: Neil Leatherbarrow