In form Mossley continued their winning run with an impressive victory over fellow promotion chasers Bamber Bridge at Seel Park on Saturday.
The game went right to the wire though as the visitors fought their way back into the game culminating in a stoppage time penalty save by Liam Flynn to secure the points.
Brig’ opened the brighter and forced a couple of early corners without testing the Mossley keeper.
The Lilywhites had a decent shout for a penalty on 10 minutes when Dave Short was bundled over in the box. However, with Mossley appeals waved away Brig’ broke downfield and ex Blackpool star Brett Ormerod fired wide when clean through on goal.
Mossley took the lead in the 20th minute when a well worked move from the right saw Mike Fish arrive late at the edge of the box to place a firm shot into the bottom corner giving Lee Dovey no chance.
Mossley were by now playing some great football with Andy Keogh and Scott Kay orchestrating numerous Mossley raids but without further reward before the break.
The second half saw Mossley press forward again. Sam Robinson saw his 25 yard drive rattle the bar while Michael Thomas’ acrobatic effort was blocked on the line by a Brig’ defender.
The Lilywhites deservedly doubled their lead on 54 minutes. Sam Robinson won a corner on the left. Scott Kay fired the flag kick towards the near post where Andy Keogh rose highest to flick home a firm header to put Mossley firmly in control.
Mossley came close to putting the game to bed on a couple of more occasions but were rocked on 75 minutes when Milligan’s free kick was turned home by full back Danny Mahoney to give the visitors a glimmer of hope.
For the first time since early in the game the Lilywhites defence came under pressure and appeared to have survived in tact with some solid defending. However, the referee indicated five minutes added time, a strange decision considering that neither physio had been called upon, and the extra minutes gave the visitors added impetus.
It looked to all intents and purposes that Brig’ would force a draw when they were harshly awarded a 94th minute penalty after the ball had bounced up onto Michael Thomas’ arm.
However, justice was done as keeper Liam Flynn came to Mossley’s rescue, diving to his left to keep hold of Danny Mahoney’s poorly struck spot kick and the Lilywhites survived the scare to hold on until the final whistle to collect a thoroughly deserved victory.
Liam Flynn saves Mahoney's stoppage time penalty