Division One North
Saturday 4th October 2014 @ Victoria Park, Burscough
(1) 2
(0) 0
Jones (29), Toner (49)
Mossleyweb Man of the Match: Mike Fish

1. Dean Pye
2. Liam Duff
3. Joe Camozzi
4. Nick Ryan
5. Ryan Schofield
6. Paul Williams (c)
7. Michael Monaghan
8. Eddie Toner
9. Will Jones
10. Liam Caddick
11. Jordan Williams
12. Connor Martin (for Ryan 32)
14. Mark Beesley (for Caddick 80)
15. Daniel Dunleavy (for for Jones 90)
16. Phil Quirk (not used)

Yellow cards:

1. Ashley Frith
2. Andy Brown
3. Danny McDonnell
4. Tom Dean
5. Josh Granite (c)
6. Arron Hevingham
7. Dean Warburton
8. Oliver Devenney
9. Mike Fish
10. Tom Pratt
11. Saul Henderson
12. Ryan Barrow (for Brown 23)
14. Charlie Anderson (for Hevingham 20)
15. Adam Parkhouse (not used)
16. Matty Purcell (for Devenney 63)
17. Tom Murray (not used)

Yellow cards:
Anderson, Warburton

Referee: Mr D. Strain


Mossley fell to a disappointing defeat at Burscough on Saturday picking up two first half injuries that hampered progress and conceding two soft goals to gift the home side the points.

The Lilywhites never really got their game together at a breezy Victoria Park and the hard working if limited home side deserved the win.

With first advantage of the elements Mossley failed to capitalise and created few chances. An angled Tom Pratt drive that hit the outside of the woodwork being the closest the Lilywhites came as the home side edged the midfield battle.

Mossley were hampered as they lost Arron Hevingham with a head injury that required stitches and Andy Brown with a dead-leg in the space of three first half minutes. Charlie Anderson and Ryan Barrow their respective replacements. That was quickly followed by Burscough losing midfielder Nick Ryan through injury.

Burscough themselves created precious little as an attacking force as Mossley defended solidly. That was until the 29th minute. The lively Michael Monaghan found space on Mossley’s left and his low cross was horribly fumbled by keeper Ash Frith leaving Burscough striker Will Jones with the easiest of close range tap ins.

The second half saw Mossley playing with the wind in their faces which called for a more controlled approach that they never achieved and the Lilywhites fell further behind just four minutes after the restart. Dean Warburton committed a foul ten yards inside Mossley’s half for which he received a yellow card and Eddie Toner’s not particularly powerful long range free kick somehow beat Frith at his right hand post and nestled in the Mossley net.

Frith redeemed himself a little by making a couple of decent saves as the home side used the conditions to their advantage before the tricky Caddick saw a powerful effort come back off the Mossley bar.

It wasn’t until the closing stages of the game when Mossley finally started to create worthwhile chances. Pratt was denied by home keeper Dean Pye and debutant forward
Saul Henderson saw his header from a corner well saved.

Mossley had strong penalty appeals waved away when Williams clearly handled Charlie Anderson’s goalbound free kick and with practically the last kick of the game Mike Fish burst through and clipped the ball over the advancing Pye only to see his effort land on the roof of the net.

All food for thought for the Mossley management ahead of Tuesday’s Manchester Cup tie at Glossop.