1. Josh Cook
2. Cavell Coo
3. Lee Neville
4. Jason Jarrett
5. Aaron Walters
6. Paul Linwood (c)
7. Ashley Dunn
8. Jake Hibbs
9. Danny Webber
10. Gareth Seddon
11. Sam Madeley
12. Dale Johnson (for Madeley 66)
14. Phil Edgehill (not used)
15. Jamie Rother (not used)
16. Danny Browne (for Hepworth 60)
17. James Moss (not used)
1. Andy Farrimond
2. Caldon Henson
3. Danny McDonnell
4. Tom Dean
5. Josh Granite
6. Ross Davidson
7. Oliver Devenney
8. Tom Pratt
9. Mike Fish
10. Andy Keogh (c)
11. Matty Purcell
12. Dean Warburton (for for Devenney 51)
14. Charlie Anderson (not used)
15. Eder Ruiz (not used)
16. Kyle McGonigle (for Pratt 80)
17. Sam Robinson (for Fish 32)
Referee: Mr B. Lamb
Mossley rattled title favourites Salford City at Moor Lane on Saturday to become the first team to take a point from the big spenders and might have actually won the game but for a late wonder strike by ex Mossley youth teamer Jake Hibbs.
Mossley gave debuts to their two latest signings with midfielder Ross Davidson starting the game and young striker Sam Robinson taking a place on the bench.
Mossley opened brightly with Mike Fish and Matty Purcell both going close in the early stages.
In Salford’s first serious raid Ash Dunn got around the back of Tom Dean but Dean recovered with a last gasp challenge as the Salford midfielder set himself to shoot.
It was Salford who took the lead in the 28th minute. Former Mossley striker Sam Madeley switched play from right to left and the ball landed perfectly for Lee Neville to fire a dipping half volley from 25 yards that just beat Andy Farrimond at his far post and nestled in the corner of the net.
Mossley received a further blow a few minutes later when Mike Fish hobbled out of the action and ex Farsley and Matlock Town forward Sam Robinson was given an early call from the bench.
The Lilywhites came close top an equaliser on the stroke of half time when Davidson won a header at the far post but home keeper Cook recovered just in time to prevent Robinson getting on the end of it.
Farrimond made a fine diving save to deny Hibbs and two minutes later the Lilywhites were level.
Andy Keogh sent Robinson away down the right and continued a great run into the box to meet the cross. Keogh, calmness personified took his time and picked his spot before slotting home from eight yards with Salford defenders vainly flailing around his feet.
The game was completely turned on it’s head five minutes later. Mossley won a right wing corner, Tom Pratt fired the ball over which was headed goalwards by Granite and Sam Robinson was able to pop up in front of Cook to head home a debut goal.
Then followed the Alamo!
Dale Johnson replaced Madeley for Salford and the home side set about restoring parity. This is when the Mossley defence really came into it’s own as Josh Granite headed away Linwood’s seemingly goal-bound effort and Farrimond saved well from the resulting corner as Salford piled bodies into the box.
Block after block came in as Mossley defenders put their bodies in the way of everything Salford could throw at them but there seemed an air of inevitability that the home side would equalise and so it proved. A right wing Salford corner was cleared but only as far as Jake Hibbs who hit a tremendous low 25 yard drive through a crowd of players and into the bottom left corner of the net giving Farrimond no chance.
Webber, Linwood and Seddon all went close in the late stages but were denied by the safe hands of Andy Farrimond and his solid defence with centre backs Granite and Dean both in outstanding form.
Mossley joint boss Peter Band remarked that, “It was a sign of how far the team has come that we can go away to the unbeaten League leaders and in the end feel disappointed that we didn’t take all three points.”
A truly sterling effort by the Mossley boys!