1. Liam Flynn
2. Caldon Henson
3. John Bennett
4. Tom Dean
5. Arron Hevingham
6. Kyle McGonigle
7. Matty Purcell
8. Ryan Barrow
9. Andy Keogh (c)
10. Tom Pratt
11. Rio Ahmadi
12. Danny McDonnell (not used)
14. Josh Granite (for Dean 89)
15. Dean Warburton (for Purcell 73)
16. Charlie Anderson (not used)
17. Mike Fish (for Ahmadi 82)
1. Tom Taylor
2. Mikey Aspin
3. Ryan Serrant
4. Robbie O'Brien (c)
5. Alex McQude
6. Spencer Harris
7. Lewis Nightingale
8. Ross Daly
9. Kyle Hancock
10. Aiden Savory
11. Andy Welsh
12. Adam Priestley (for Hancock 80)
13. Jake Lofthouse (not used)
14. Josh Grant (not used)
15. Matt Dempsey (not used)
16. Jamie Tonkinson (not used)
Referee: Mr I. Hurdle
A superb second half performance by an in form Mossley side saw the Lilywhites come from behind to see off the not inconsiderable challenge of fellow play off chasers Farsley at Seel Park on Tuesday evening.
In perfect conditions for the time of season, the game was played at a great tempo. Both sides looked to play attacking football with both still harbouring hopes of a top five finish, making this game very much a ‘six pointer’.
Farsley created the first opening when O’Brien was allowed too much space to get his shot away, but the visitors best performer on the night fired wide of the far post.
Mossley responded and a great move involving the livewire Tom Pratt saw Andy Keogh fire wide left footed.
Another fine Pratt run saw him cross for Rio Ahmadi to aim goal-wards but his header lacked power and visitors keeper Tom Taylor was able to gather.
Farsley passed crisply and kept possession well but were stifled by Mossley’s high work rate, off the ball as well as on it, but the visitors did enjoy a spell of pressure at the end of the half which brought reward.
O’Brien fired a shot off the underside of the bar a couple of minutes before the break and then, amazingly did the same again from a right wing corner on the stroke of half time, except this time Aiden Savory reacted quickest to squeeze the ball home from close range.
Whatever Messrs Band and Morrison said to their troops in the interval had more than the desired effect as the Lilywhites tore into the Farsley defence with a vengeance in what became a largely one sided second half.
Farsley were forced to defend deeper, leaving themselves with few attacking options as the rampant Lilywhites laid siege.
An intense spell of Mossley pressure was rewarded on 56 minutes. Caldon Henson launched a long throw from the right that led to Andy Keogh being fouled by O’Brien in the box.
Rio Ahmadi stepped up to the mark to beat Taylor at his right hand post from the resulting penalty kick.
Mossley still had another gear and took complete control from this point.
The tiger’ish work of Bennett and Hevingham in the centre of midfield was abetted by Pratt, Ahmadi, Keogh and Purcell creating a constant threat to a now overworked Farsley rearguard.
Ahmadi and Keogh combined delightfully only for the latter to shoot narrowly over and the Lilywhites’ high work rate was inevitably rewarded in the 77th minute.
Andy Keogh played a perfect through ball that saw Tom Pratt, control and skip inside two defenders before firing a splendid goal from the edge of the box.
Mossley continued to boss it, closing down space making Farsley’s approach largely ineffective.
A late free kick gave Farsley a final chance but Savory’s effort flew wide and the points were safe in Mossley’s hands lifting the Lilywhites to 6th place in the table.
Tom Pratt scores the sceond goal