Division One North
Friday 26th December 2014 @ Church Lane, New Mills
New Mills
(0) 1
(2) 3
Grimshaw (90+3)
Grimshaw (own goal 16), Robinson (42), Purcell (70)
Mossleyweb Man of the Match: Matty Purcell

New Mills

1. Aaron Ashley
2. Shaquel Antoine-Clarke
3. Danny Grimshaw
4. Lee O'Brien
5. Warren Gaskin
6. Aaron Chalmers
7. Ryan Hopper
8. Danny Forde
9. James Hampson
10. Daniel Douglas-Pringle
11. Dominic Welsby
12. Porya Ahmadi (for Welsby 55)
14. Jake Pollard (for for Forde 80)
15. Ross Needham (not used)
16. Nick Swirad (not used)
17. Carl Fitton (not used)

Yellow cards:
Grimshaw, O'Brien, Chalmers, Forde

1. Andy Farrimond
2. Caldon Henson
3. John Bennett
4. Arron Hevingham
5. Josh Granite
6. Kyle McGonigle
7. Andy Keogh (c)
8. Matty Purcell
9. Dougie Carroll
10. Sam Robinson
11. Tom Pratt
12. Danny McDonnell (for Pratt 83)
14. Charlie Anderson (not used)
15. Lewis Nuttall (for Robinson 76)
16. Brian Matthews (for Carroll 46)
17. Tom Dean (not used)

Yellow cards:
Pratt, Matthews

Referee: Mr I. Siddall


On a cold and wet afternoon Mossley deservedly took maximum points in the Boxing Day ‘derby’ at New Mills.

On a surface that was heavy in patches, flowing football was never going to be in evidence, but, in a somewhat physical encounter a surely disappointing festive crowd witnessed the struggling Millers give their all in effort but were inevitably shown to be tactically lacking by a determined Mossley side who never looked in trouble on the day.

With first use of the Church Lane slope Kyle McGonigle fired narrowly wide in the opening moments and that set the tone for proceedings as Andy Keogh and the industrious Arron Hevingham dictated play from midfield.

Mossley deservedly took the lead on 16 minutes, albeit somewhat fortuitously, when Millers left back Danny Grimshaw turned the hard working Matty Purcell’s left wing cross into his own net.

Keogh came close to increasing the Lilywhites lead when his brilliant mazy run was halted by a save by the keeper’s trailing foot.

At the other end New Mills posed little threat though Farrimond did well to save from Antoine-Clarke’s effort.

Always the more threatening of the two sides, Mossley doubled the lead shortly before the break. Purcell this time popping up on the right wing to deliver a low cross which saw Sam Robinson turn the ball home at the near post.

As expected, New Mills, now with the slope in their favour, came out with all guns blazing after the interval and twice went close to reducing the arrears as Farrimond was called on to make decent saves to keep the homesters at bay.

Mossley were finding space to counter attack but moves too often broke down through the Lilywhites tendency to overplay a little in the final third.

The otherwise impressive Keogh ought to have sealed the points when his bursting run into the box saw him get to the ball before the keeper only to lob the ball against the bar from close range when it looked easier to score.

However, it was from one such breakaway that finally did see the Lilywhites confirm the victory. Sam Robinson broke down the right and played the ball inside to substitute Brian Matthews who in turn laid the ball into the path of Matty Purcell who made no mistake from fifteen yards.

New Mills pulled a goal back in stoppage time when Danny Grimshaw atoned somewhat for his own goal by scoring directly from a wind assisted right wing corner, but it was too little too late for the beleaguered home side and Mossley took the points while also avenging the FA Trophy defeat inflicted at the same venue a few weeks earlier.