Division One North
Saturday 3rd January 2015 @ Valley Road, Flixton
Northwich Victoria
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Mossleyweb Man of the Match: Caldon Henson

Northwich Victoria

1. Tim Deasy (c)
2. Chris Smalley
3. Joe Gorman
4. Michael Clarke
5. Callum Henry
6. Stuart Cook
7. Brian Summerskill
8. Michael Roddy
9. Gary Burnett
10. Richard Bennett
11. Godwin Abadaki
12. Danny Meadowcroft (for Abadaki 46)
14. Dane Smith (not used)
15. Mohammud Ali (not used)
16. Jack Sherratt (not used)
17. Abou Sonogo (for Roddy 80)

Yellow cards:

1. Andy Farrimond
2. Caldon Henson
3. John Bennett
4. Arron Hevingham
5. Josh Granite
6. Kyle McGonigle
7. Andy Keogh (c)
8. Ryan Barrow
9. Dougie Carroll
10. Tom Pratt
11. Brian Matthews
12. Matty Purcell (for Carroll 61)
14. Danny McDonnell (not used)
15. Matty Cross (not used)
16. Eder Ruiz (for Pratt 84)
17. Charlie Anderson (for Matthews 78)

Yellow cards:
Barrow, Bennett

Referee: Mr R. Abson


Mossley earned a well deserved point against League leaders Northwich Victoria at Valley Road on Saturday with a battling goalless draw.

It was the Lilywhites first scoreless encounter since April 2013 and was thanks to some extremely efficient defending by an in form Lilywhites back five.

The side showed a couple of changes from the New Year’s Day line up with Josh Granite and Ryan Barrow returning to the starting team in place of the injured Tom Dean and suspended Sam Robinson.

The game was played at a high tempo with Mossley sitting deep enough to quell the threat of Vics big and quick forwards with the home side struggling to create scoring opportunities.

Of the few chances that were created in an evenly fought half, the best two fell to Vics. Brian Summerskill clipped the top of the bar with a speculative 25 yarder while on the stroke of half time Michael Roddy curled a great shot that hit the inside of Mossley’s left hand post and, fortunately for the Lilywhites, then flew across the face of the goal and away to safety.

Vics made a tactical half time substitution and introduced one time Mossley captain Danny Meadowcroft and Vics overall height advantage was strengthened further with the introduction of the very tall Abou Sonogo into the fray.

As the games stretched in the later stages the result could have gone either way Andy Keogh brought a diving save out of Deasy following a great solo run on the left and Mossley won a couple of late corners that put Vics defence under pressure. At the other end Mossley defended their collective hearts out to keep many a high ball at bay as Vics attacks began to look ever more desperate.

In the end the Mossley players and management can give themselves a new year pat on the back following two wins followed by an excellent draw away at the League leaders to give the Lilywhites fans an unbeaten holiday period.

And so, on to Burscough…