With the Lilywhites defence decimated with injuries, suspension and unavailabilty it was an unfamilar line up that took to the field for the visit of Scarborough Athletic in Mossley's last home game of the 2015/16 season.
However, that makeshift defence held firm against a lively Scarborough side and took all three points after keeping a perhaps unexpected clean sheet.
With the departure to foreign climbs of Michael Thomas, the suspended Kyle McGonigle, the injured Caldon Henson and Callum Warburton and the unavailable Tom Dean and Scott Cheetham the side was completely shorn of all but one of it's regular defenders. In came Andy Fitzgerald at right back along with Liam Baker and the surprise return of Charlie Anderson in central defence.
Mossley almost got off to a flying start when Godwin Abadaki raced clear but agoal saving tackle by Lisles and the chance was gone.
Mossley struggled to make headway after that as the visitors moved the ball around well, creating half chances for Mallory and Birch but their efforts flew wide of the Mossley goal.
Scarborough almost edged ahead just before the break when Will Jones raced wide left of his box but was beaten to the ball by Mallory but Andy Fitzgerald blocked his shot, only for the referee to call back play for Jones' challenge and the visitors wasted the set piece opportunity.
Mossley survived some decent Scarborough pressure without Will Jones' goal being really tested, this despite the loss of McDonnell, Bennett and Fitzgerald to knocks as Mossley played from the 58th minute with Tom Pratt and substitute George Mannion in the wide defensive positions.
The Lilywhites began to sense a winner and after a decent spoell of pressure the visitors finally succumbed. Dougie Carroll won a left wing corner. Mike Fish delivered and Andy Keogh cut across the front post to steer the ball home with Seadogs keeper Glennon unable to keep the ball out.
Mossley happily ran down the clock after that as the visitors ran out of ideas and became ineffective when reduced to ten men as substitute Callum Robinson came off injured with Boro having already used their alloted three subs.