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6th October 2012 @ Seel Park, Mossley Att: 190
Mossleyweb Man of the Match: Adam Mather
Peter Dogan (c)
Ash Young (c)
for Shipton (51)
for Hind (89)
for Haslam (52) injured (89)
for Rowney (90+8)
for Miles (78)
Referee: M. Hanley
Games between Mossley and Warrington Town have often been feisty and controversial affairs, and Saturday's encounter at Seel Park proved no different as the top of the table Lilywhites edged a gamethat they had dominated throughout against ambitious Warrington who finished the game with only nine players.
Warrington, despite their current high profile and a number of experienced quality players, were in the main disappointing and failed to really trouble Mossley keeper Martin Pearson who will have been grateful to keep a clean sheet for the first time since the hammering of Farsley at the beginning of last month.
With skipper Dave Young demoted to the bench, Jay Gorton switched to centre back, partnering Steve Halford while Cavell Coo and 'Man of the Match' Adam Mather made a solid and on the day impenetrable back four.
Mossley created all the first half openings with Kayde Coppin probing for space against a solid visitors defence and Sam Madeley on the right causing his marker Fraser Ablett all kinds of problems. So much so that a late and high lunge at Madeley as he raced up the right wing brought Ablett a straight red card in the 19th minute.
Madeley meanwhile, was twice denied when one-on-one by fine saves from Yellows keeper Adam Judge and when the livewire forward finally did find the net after getting on the end of Coppin's finely tuned through ball his effort was ruled out for a debatable off-side.
Coppin was closely and well marshaled by big Warrington centre back Jay McCarten who stuck to his task manfully, despite Coppin's excellent movement, but Mossley were dominant in midfield with Gary Gee, Ash Young and Chris Rowney all seeing plenty of the ball.
The Lilywhites would have been disappointed to go in goalless at half time but continued in the second half were they had left off in the first. They were though, too often thwarted by a high defensive line that saw Madeley in particular caught off-side too often although one or two of the decisions looked dubious at best.
Warrington were reduced to just nine players in the 69th minute when Kevin Townson was shown a second yellow followed by the obvious red after illegally tangling with Chris Rowney. From then on it was a matter of 'if' Mossley could break Warrington down. The visitors now clearly setting their stall out to frustrate Mossley with a wall of defenders which had very little outlet only to defend.
Mossley almost took the lead when Adam Mather's sweetly taken 20 yard free kick hit the foot of the left hand post, flying along the goal-line before spinning out for a goal-kick on the other side as Mossley players lunged desperately to get the elusive goalscoring touch.
Mossley pressed and pressed, chances and half chances came and went, but Mossley showed great composure and never panicked as the clock ticked down. They just kept moving the ball from wing to wing looking to open just enough space to unlock what was by now a well packed Yellows defence.
There were just six minutes of the ninety remaining when Mossley finally and unreservedly deservedly scored what proved to be the winning goal. Chris Rowney, who had taken control of Mossley's central probings, chipped an inch perfect deep cross from five yards outside and to the right side of the box and Sam Madeley arrived at the far post to loop a fine header over the stranded Adam Judge to send the 'ultras' in the Park End into raptures of delight and the majority in the Division's highest crowd of the day into a mixture of relief and great cheer.
Warrington, despite their two man disadvantage, tried to push forward, but Mossley continued to pose the greater threat with Coppin, Madeley and substitute Sam Hind now finding space previously denied them as the visitors, more in hope than expectation, went in search of what would have been a thoroughly undeserved equalizer.
The game was soured just befrore what became almost 10 minutes of stoppage time when Sam Hind was unceremoniously charged head first into the pitch side wall by Luke Holden. There was initially some concern for the Mossley forward and he left pitch side dazed and bandaged as Brad Yearwood replaced him, but Mossley were the victors while Warrington manager Shaun Reid, who had endeared himself to no-one, showed himself in a poor light as he furiously berated with the referee long after the final whistle.