Mossley gave probably their strongest performance of the season so far when taking maximum points from their visit to Scarborough Athletic on Saturday.
The home side made a lively start and forced a couple of early corners but Mossley were resolute in their defending and a constant threat going forward.
The Lilywhites stunned the home faithful on 17 minutes when Mike Fish played the ball into Sam Robinson who’s effort at goal was blocked but the ball broke back to Fish who controlled and shot on the turn from 15 yards to edge Mossley in front.
Robinson was again involved soon after when he broke through, but his shot came back off the underside of the bar and was cleared to safety.
Mossley were showing real fight and spirit, never allowing Scarborough a real foothold in the game and deservedly doubled the lead in the 31st minute.
Caldon Henson’s long throw from the right was flicked on by Tom Dean and Dave Short arrived through a crowd of players to hammer the ball home from close range.
Mossley lost defender Mike Thomas, who was feeling unwell, at half time forcing a reshuffle with Kyle McGonigle dropping into the back four and Mitch Bryant the substitute replacement.
Bryant was soon in the action with a sparkling run down the left and his skill and movement was a threat throughout the second half.
Scarborough threatened briefly when Ryan Blott had a great chance but he dragged his shot wide after looking a certain scorer.
Tom Pratt returned from his recent injury to replace Sam Robinson to give Mossley another dimension to their attacking play and Mossley almost added a third goal when Bryant’s powerful angled drive hit the bar as Mossley again tore open the Scarborough defence with some neat and precise passing.
The Lilywhites also gave recent signing Jon Robinson his debut as he replaced Dave Short.
The performance and result will have given the side a great confidence boost as the Lilywhites picked up a third successive victory to lift themselves to within sight of the play off places with some difficult games to come.