Mossley gave a good account account of themselves against National League North neighbours Stalybridge Celtic in Tuesday's opening pre season game at Seel Park.
The Lilywhites had ten players in the starting line up who were registered last season and competed well in an even first half. However it was Celtic, fielding possibly their strongest eleven in the first half who went in at half time in front.
A through ball slipped into the path of Steven Tames on 42 minutes saw the former Southport and Hyde striker make no mistake firing past the advancing Liam Flynn.
Celtic played an entitrely different eleven in the second half but the game contiinued in the same vein with both sides looking to play attacking football.
Mossley equalised on 62 minutes. James Blair switched play from deep on the left with a flighted ball that Tom Pratt latched onto and drove an angled shot beneath the Celtic keeper from close range.
The result could have swung either way after that but it was the visitors who edged to victory when a free kick from deep on Mossley's right was flicked home off the head of Amor Ceaser on 82 minutes to round off the scoring in what was a thoroughly entertaining first friendly of the 2015/16 season.
Tom Pratt fires home Mossley's goal