Mossley quickly laid to rest the spectre of the 4-1 defeat at Lancaster on Saturday to record a relatively comfortable 2-0 victory over relegation haunted New Mills in an occasionally feisty encounter at Seel Park on Easter Monday.
The Lilywhites made two changes from the previous outing with Josh Granite and Mike Fish replacing Kyle McGonigle and the unavailable Rio Ahmadi in the starting line up.
The struggling visitors opened brightly creating a couple of half chances and forcing a couple of early corners but the Lilywhites back line remained untroubled.
Mossley edged their way into the game Tom Pratt in particular leading his marker a merry dance as Andy Keogh and Mike Fish tested a shaky looking Millers defence.
Andy Keogh almost opened the scoring when his shot was saved with a brave and dramatic block by ex Mossley man Aaron Chalmers who was by far the Millers best player on the day.
Several chances came and went before the Lilywhites finally opened the scoring on 42 minutes.
John Bennett’s set piece from the right wing was only cleared to the edge of the box where it was met by Tom Pratt who drove the ball powerfully with a first time half volley into the bottom corner of the visitors net with ex Mossley keeper Liam Higginbotham rooted to his line.
The result and points were confirmed just eight minutes into the second half when the Lilywhites won a throw on the right wing near the corner flag. Caldon Henson launched a long throw that was punched away by Higginbotham under pressure from Tom Dean but the ball fell for Andy Keogh who found the time to pick his spot from fifteen yards and find the New Mills net.
Tom Pratt continued to be Mossley’s main threat as he chased and harried the Millers in possession and one mazy run on the right had the crowd purring but the move ended with Sam Robinson going down injured in the New Mills box.
The visitors created little in the way of a response but were awarded a free kick some 25 yards out which brought substitute Charlie Anderson a yellow card. O’Brien’s powerfully struck set piece was brilliantly saved by Liam Flynn, bringing him the sponsors ‘Champagne Moment’ award.
New Mills were reduced to ten men with 15 minutes remaining when Danny Forde was red carded for a second bookable offence but Mossley comfortably saw the game out to take three more vital points in their chase for a play off spot and hopes were given another lift when news came through of defeats for rivals Spennymoor Town and Scarborough while Bamber Bridge could only manage a draw.
Four games remaining and the dream, is still alive but the Lilywhites face the daunting trip to title challengers Darlington on Saturday.