Mossley’s impressive eleven match unbeaten run came to an abrupt end at the hands of an impressive Bamber Bridge side who edged to a 1-0 win to climb into the play off places at a cold and windy Seel Park on Tuesday night.
The visitors set off at a cracking pace and rarely relented throughout the ninety minutes, denying Mossley space to get their own passing game going effectively, whilst also retaining possession extremely well.
‘Brig’ had ex Football League star Jonathan Macken leading the line and were a constant threat going forward with the livewire Alastair Waddecar also causing the Lilywhites defence plenty of problems.
It was in midfield that the visitors were most dominant as Mossley’s central midfield were mostly out-thought and out manoeuvred.
Bamber Bridge had already gone close on several occasions before taking the lead on 25 minutes, although it was a somewhat controversial goal.
The visitors were awarded a corner on Mossley’s left when the ball had clearly gone out of play off a ’Brig’ player. Waddecar’s short corner was played back to him and from what looked an off-side position crossed low for Stuart Vasey to turn home from inside the six yard box.
The best Mossley could muster in the first half was a long range Andy Keogh effort that was easily gathered by Brig’ keeper Lee Dovey.
The Lilywhites came more into the game in the second half and were finally able to create some pressure of their own with Tom Pratt and Rio Ahmadi both going close.
A poor clearance by Dovey was returned goalwards by Kyle McGonigle and his long range effort was tipped over the bar by the recovering Dovey.
From Pratt’s ensuing corner Andy Keogh headed against the bar before the ball was scrambled to safety as Mossley briefly threatened the visitors goal.
With Brig’s high work rate off the ball, the Lilywhites struggled to retain possession and too often found themselves on the back foot and despite plenty of effort by the home side it wasn’t enough on the night and few could begrudge Brig’ the points on a night Mossley will quickly want to put behind them.
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