Mossley were on the end of another heavy defeat against a lively and determined Brighouse Town when well beaten 0-4 as the Lilywhites gave their worst home performance in a long time at Seel Park on Saturday.
In four previous outings against the West Yorkshire side Mossley had yet to record a single point and that unwanted trend showed no sign of abating on this occasion.
Mossley were second best in every department and were tormented by the clinical finishing of Town's latest signing Ruben Jerome who bagged well deserved hat-trick.
Mossley opened the game on the front foot but it was Brighouse who took a 12t6h minute lead when Danny Brunch's low cross was turned home at the front post by Jerome.
Mossley battled hard to get back in the game but were comfortably stifled by a solid Brighouse defence and on 28 minutes the visitors doubled their advantage. This time Jerome fired home again, this time from Stephen Mallory's low right wing cross.
Mossley, desperate to recover the deficit were unlucky when Andy Keogh's effort was brilliantly saved by ex Farsley Celtic keeper Tom Taylor and half time came with the visitors in command.
The second half saw Brighouse instantly on the front foot and Mossley were having great difficulty finding any kind of fluency. It was no surprise when the visitors went three ahead on 55 minutes. The Lilywhites failing to deal with some heavy Brighouse pressure and Tom Haigh fired home from the edge of the box.
Mossley visibly wilted at this point and Brighouse went on to totally dominate the remainder of the game with their lively forwards causing the Mossley defence all kinds of problems. At the other end a Tom Pratt effort flew narrowly over the bar but it was as much as the beleaguered Lilywhites could muster.
Jerome rubbed salt in Mossley's wounds on 74 minutes when he bundled home from close range after some cataclysmic Mossley defending to complete his treble.
Substitute Dougie Carroll twice fired narrowly wide late in the game but it was a mere token effort by a Mossley side clearly lacking confidence and belief. A massive and I mean massive improvement is needed if the Lilywhites are to get anything from the next two games away to League pace-setters Prescot Cables and Bamber Bridge.
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