1. Liam Flynn
2. Caldon Henson
3. John Bennett
4. Tom Dean
5. Arron Hevingham
6. Kyle McGonigle
7. Matty Purcell
8. Ryan Barrow
9. Andy Keogh (c)
10. Tom Pratt
11. Rio Ahmadi
12. Danny McDonnell (for Pratt 86)
14. Charlie Anderson (for Ahmadi 76)
15. Dean Warburton (for Purcell 67)
16. Josh Granite (not used)
17. Liam Gibson (not used) Yellow cards: Pratt, Warburton
1. Luke Coddington
2. Kallum Griffiths
3. Chris Mason (c)
4. Robert Briggs
5. Joseph Tait
6. Stephen Capper
7. Andrew Stephenson
8. Shane Henry
9. Liam Henderson
10. Nathan Fisher
11. Anthony Peacock subs
12. Gavin Cogdon (for Peacock 62)
14. Paul Johnson (not used)
15. Michael Roberts (for Fisher 70)
16. Dan Groves (not used)
17. John McReady (not used) Yellow cards:
Referee: P. Hodskinson
A fired up Mossley provided the perfect response to Saturday’s defeat at Brighouse with a scintillating high tempo display to down in form promotion chasers Spennymoor Town at Seel Park on Tuesday night.
The Lilywhites had Arron Hevingham and Matty Purcell back in the starting line up and took a little while to settle as the visitors made the early running, going close on a couple of occasions. But, once Mossley got in their stride there was simply no stopping them.
Rio Ahmadi fashioned the first clear chance but screwed his shot wide when faced one on one with on loan Middlesbrough and England youth keeper Luke Coddington.
However, the Lilywhites weren’t to be denied for long when John Bennett’s right wing corner was met at the near post by Tom Dean’s excellent header that looped into the far corner on 20 minutes.
Spennymoor hit the top of the Mossley bar with a free kick, but it was the home side in the ascendancy and some brilliant trickery by Andy Keogh on the left almost brought a second goal.
Spennymoor were expected to come out all guns blazing after the break but that never materialised as the Lilywhites upped their game even further.
The reigning Ebac Northern League champions caused few problems for a Mossley defence which remained solid and unmoved throughout.
At the other end Ahmadi, Keogh and Tom Pratt were causing the visitors defence much consternation with their pace and movement and it was no real surprise when Mossley scored their second goal and effectively put the game to bed on 58 minutes.
It was goal of great quality. Ahamdi prevented the ball going out of play near the dead ball line and laid back to Hevingham on the right corner of the box. His eventual pass slipped Tom Pratt down the outside and Pratt’s first time cross was headed into the far corner by the stooping Ahmadi for his seventh goal in the last six games.
It was no less than the tireless Mossley deserved and there were several opportunities to increase the lead against a side who had scored eight in their previous outing.
The win lifted Mossley to seventh place, right on the fringes of the play off positions. It will take an almighty effort to get into the top five but as long as it remains mathematically possible the Lilywhites will be trying to do just that.