1. Will Jones
2. Caldon Henson
3. Lee Wilshaw
4. Ryan Marley
5. Rory Breslin
6. Kyle McGonigle
7. John Bennett
8. Luke Horrocks
9. Andy Keogh (c)
10. Tom Pratt
11. Mitch Bryant
12. Jack Pritchard (for Marley 44)
14. James Blair (not used)
15. Sam Robinson (for Wilshaw 67)
16. Dave Short (not used)
17. Rhys Nevins (for Bryant 73)
1. Russ Saunders
2. Robbie Bromley
3. Danny Caldecott
4. Jordan Hadfield
5. Josh Granite (c)
6. Ryan Ledson
7. Lee Rick
8. Ashley Reece
9. Ben Deegan
10. Chris McDonagh
11. Jack Dorney
12. Danny Lambert (for Caldecott 49)
14. Mark Haslam (not used)
15. Joe Shaw (not used)
16. Danny Lafferty (not used)
17. Matty Kay (not used)
Reece, McDonagh, Lambert
Referee: Mr A.Cawtherley
Mossley were left frustrated after being held to a goalless draw by big spending neighbours Trafford at Seel Park on Tuesday night after Trafford had been reduced to nine men.
The Lilywhites were boosted by the shock return to the club of John Bennett after his brief spell at Curzon Ashton and he replaced Sam Robinson in the starting eleven with the side playing a slightly different shape to the one that won at Radcliffe on the opening day.
Mossley opened superbly, playing some great football and preventing Trafford from finding their stride. There were chances for Mitch Bryant, Tom Pratt and Andy Keogh as the Lilywhites created all the running.
Trafford on the other hand looked a little disjointed despite some big names in their side and posed little threat to a steady Mossley back four.
The game’s first real talking point came on the half hour. Trafford’s big number 9 Ben Deegan was caught by a stray Lee Wilshaw boot but Deegan’s reaction was to send Wilshaw flying with a swift right hook which saw the ex Ashton man immediately red carded.
Mossley lost Ryan Marley through injury just before the break with debutant Jack Pritchard his replacement.
Trafford opened the second half in better shape despite their numerical disadvantage and came close to taking the lead when ex Lilywhiye Josh Granite hit the outside of a post following a Trafford corner.
The game changed on the hour when Trafford’s Ashley Reece received a second caution and the visitors were reduced to nine men. From that point Trafford parked the proverbial bus, defending deep and in numbers with only the lively Jack Dorney left upfield.
It was a tactic that obviously worked as Mossley, try as they might to break down Trafford’s stubborn resistance, were unable to do so despite wave after wave of Mossley attacks.
The visitors celebrated the final whistle as if they had won the game, but the result was harsh on the frustrated Mossley side who had dominated the game even before Trafford’s red cards.
Luke Horrocks takes on the Trafford defence