Fans witnessed the proverbial 'game of two halves' as Mossley and New Mills slogged out a 3-3 rain soaked draw at Seel Park on Saturday. The Lilywhites, having won five games on the spin faced a Millers side who were looking to bounce back from a 6-0 FA Trophy hiding by Lancaster City the previous week and it was the viistors who raced out of the blocks to dominate the first half.
With the persistent rain and a strong breeze at their backs New Mills took the game to the home side to create a number of chances in the opening period and they were good value for their 3-1 interval lead.
Millers experienced midfielder Jamie Baguley enjoyed a great first half, pulling all the strings for the Millers as the Mossley defence was stretched time and again. This despite the fact Mossley were still menacing on the counter attack throughout the half.
New Mills, as well as scoring three goals, hit the woodwork twice as Mossley struggled to gain a foothold. James Hampson was the first to strike a Mossley post but the viistors took the lead shortly after. Baguley's curling free kick from deep on the left saw ex Mossley striker Mike Fish stoop to head home unchallenged from close range in the 21st minute.
Mossley responded well to going behind and forged an equaliser in the 27th minute. John Bennett's deep free kick from the right wing was headed home by Charlie Anderson for his third goal in successive games.
Mossley's joy was short lived as Danny Grimshaw restored the viistors lead with their next attack as Danny Grimshaw pounced to fire home through a crowded box as a static Mossley failed to effectively clear their lines.
Worse was to follow for Mossley as Jamie Rother's effort slammed against the post and then eight minutes before the break the Millers stretched their lead to two goals as Carlos Meakin reacted quickest to fire home as Russ Saunders failed to hold Hampson's powerful shot.
Far from being shell shocked, Mossley, not for the first time this season, bounced back with a vengeance after the break to totally dominate the second period. The Lilywhites created a number of openings as the visitors were forced to defend deep to hang on to their lead.
Mark Haslam replaced the injured Australia bound Sam Halligan seven minutes into the half and his smart link up play with Tom Pratt on the right almost immediately paid dividends for Mossley. It was Haslam's through ball on the hour that reduced the arrears. Former Mossley keeper Peter Colinge let the ball slip from his grasp as he came to collect and Dougie Carroll pounced, first to take the ball away from Collinge's reach and then to calmly move the ball to the left before firing home from ten yards past the desperately covering Millers defence.
2-3, game on!!! And it was! Mossley piled forward in numbers as the visitors quaked under pressure and chances were created and missed before the Lilywhites deservedly equalised in the 67th minute. Haslam's cross from the right confidently and precisely headed home from close range by the energetic Dougie Carroll.
Mossley scented victory while Millers by now rare raids came to nought as the Mossley defence was unflinching and far more comfortable than in the opening period.
As the game drifted into it's closing minutes Mossley had four great chances to win the game. Andy Keogh fired a header inches wide, Louis Horne headed narrowly over the bar, Charlie Anderson saw his powerful volley somehow forced over the bar by Collinge and with practically the last kick of the game Keogh was the narrowest of margins away from becoming a hero as his well struck half volley scraped the outside of the post and both sides were left to settle for a point in what was yet another exciting Seel Park goal feast.
Report by Wizard