Division One North
Saturday 14th February 2015 @ Seel Park, Mossley
Ossett Albion
(0) 1
(0) 0
Granite (52)
Mossleyweb Man of the Match: Ryan Barrow

1. Andrew Farrimond
2. Caldon Henson
3. John Bennett
4. Arron Hevingham
5. Tom Dean
6. Kyle McGonigle
7. Andy Keogh (c)
8. Ryan Barrow
9. Mike Fish
10. Tom Pratt
11. Rio Ahmadi
12. Danny McDonnell (for Ahmadi 85)
14. Ryan Marley (not used)
15. Liam Flynn (not used)
16. Daniel Mukuna (for Fish 79)
17. Josh Granite (for Hevingham 39)

Yellow cards:

Ossett Albion
1. Brett Souter
2. Steve Nicholson
3. Ross Hardaker
4. Dominic Riordan
5. Wes Milnes (c)
6. Timothy Taylor
7. Kane Reece
8. Luke Sharry
9. Adam Muller
10. Connor Bower
11. Nick Matthews
12. Adam Jones (not used)
14. Ben Walker (for Hardaker 81)
15. Conor McDonagh (for Muller 75)
16. Patrick Lindley (for Muller 75)

Yellow cards:
Muller, Nicholson

Referee: Mr D. Hitchell


Mossley were given a tough challenge by an industrious Ossett Albion side at Seel Park on Saturday.

Mossley had a 52nd minute Josh Granite header to thanks for earning the three points against a side who defended solidly and enjoyed plenty of late pressure without the reward the visitors hard work probably deserved.

Mossley also defended solidly meaning the game saw very few scoring chances for either side.

Albion’s back four are amongst the most experienced in the division and they handled the triple threat of Ahmadi, Fish and Pratt very well.

What little goalmouth action occurred saw Conor Bower bring a good save out of Andy Farrimond while a fantastic run and shot by Mike Fish was denied by a last ditch deflection.

The Lilywhites lost Arron Hevingham with a hip injury just before the break. Josh Granite, on his return from illness, was his replacement with Kyle McGonigle moving up to midfield.

Mossley got the all important goal seven minutes after the break. Veteran right back Steve Nicholson fouled Tom Pratt which brought him a yellow card. John Bennett struck an absolute peach of a cross from the set piece and it was that man Josh Granite who powered in to emphatically fire home an unstoppable header.

Mossley were unfortunate not to double the lead as Fish burst through a rare gap and went around keeper Souter only for the Albion custodian to recover to make a fabulous save as a second goal looked a certainty.

As the game wore on Mossley sat deeper and surprisingly invited Ossett on to them but the Lilywhites back line was outstanding to keep a third successive clean sheet.
Mossley’s committed defence was epitomised by a saving block by Ryan Barrow who threw himself in front of Kane Reece’s goal-bound effort to ensure another maximum points haul.


Smiffy's pics
Josh Granite heads home the winning goal