Mossley were held to a 1-1 draw by neighbours Chadderton in Saturday's sun drenched friendly at Andrew Street.
The Lilywhites began at a cracking pace and there were early chances for Steve Foster, ANdy Keogh and Mike Fish as the Lilywhites looked like taking the home side apart. Fish had a goalmouth shot blocked by a Chadderton hand but to no reward and Foster had a goal chalked off for a very narrow off-side.
Sod's law then came into force as Chadderton scored with their first serious attack of the game on 19 minutes. Ged Forde's miscued cross from the right found James Curley unmarked on the opposite flank and he cut inside James Blair before confidently slotting home for the underdogs despite Ashley Frith getting a hand to his shot.
Mossley bounced straight back onto the attack and looked like scoring with every move. However, two goal-line clearances from efforts by Fish and Keogh, a couple of goalmouth scrambles and two excellent saves by Chaddy keeper Will Burns kept the visitors at bay until the 27th minute. Marly Gough's right wing corner was headed back across goal by Foster and Andy Keogh volleyed home from eight yards for a more than deserved equaliser. Mossley continued to dominate the remainder of the half without scoring.
The high tempo unsurprisingly slackened after the break as the sun burned down and chances became scarce as attacks inevitable slowed or passes forward were over hit. There was however, a flurry of activity close to the end. Steve Foster had another goal disallowed for a highly debatable off-side after he netted the rebound from Christian Travaglini's shot while at the other end Danny McDonnell was in the right place to block a goalbound effort off the line and spare the Lilywhites blushes.