Division One North
Saturday 4th March 2017 @ Victoria Park, Burscough
(0) 1
(1) 2
O'Reilly (60)
Bryant (39), Duffy (77)
Mossleyweb Man of the Match: Mo Ali


1. Ben Morrow
2. Alex Parkes
3. Deklan Hill
4. Anthony Shinks (c)
5. Jonah O'Reilly
6. Ronnie McCarthy
7. Philip Bannister
8. Sean Richards
9. Thomas Croushan
10. Adam Gilchrist
11. Josh Nicholson

12. Anthony Donaldson (not used)
14. Callum Scott (not used)
15. Leon O'Malley (for Parkes 75)
16. Danny Ashburner (for Hill 46)
17. Rob Doran (Nicholson 46)
Yellow cards:
Hill, McCarthgy, Richards

1. Will Jones
2. Caldon Henson
3. Callum Scullion
4. Mo Ali
5. Tom Dean (c)
6. Dan Johnson
7. James Blair
8. Mason Duffy
9. Sam Livesey
10. Mitch Bryant
11. Tom Pratt
12. Andy Watson (not used)
14. Matty Burke (not used)
15. Keenan Quansah (for Bryant 85)
16. Danny Byrnes (for Duffy 89)
17. Liam Ellis (for Livesey 62)

Yellow cards: Henson, Pratt

Referee: Mr I. Gittins


Despite the narrow score-line Mossley created enough chances to win several games, however, a combination of some excellent goalkeeping by Ben Morrow and some wayward finishing by Mossley kept the score down and the Lilywhites had to settle for a 2-1 success at the bottom marker’s Burscough.

The poor state of the Victoria Park pitch made passing football difficult making for a largely scrappy encounter.

Mossley were dealt a blow before the game when centre back Andy Watson failed a fitness test but Dan Johnson proved an able replacement while James Blair returned to the side after illness to replace Keenan Quansah in starting line up.

The home side actually started the brighter and created a couple of half chances before Mossley got into their stride.

Mitch Bryant was denied by Morrow and Sam Livesey headed over when perfectly placed when the Lilywhites finally did up their game.

Chances and half chances came and went with regularity throughout but Mossley eventually broke the deadlock on 37 minutes. Mason Duffy and Tom Pratt were involved in the build up before Mitch Bryant spun on the edge of the six yard box to pop the ball into the net.

Half time saw Burscough make a double substitution and it was one of those subs, Rob Doran, who brought the best out of Will Jones early in the half with a dipping volley which Jones did well to turn away for a corner.

Mossley had chances to wrap the game up but Burscough found a surprise leveller on the hour. A left wing Burscough corner surprised everyone when the ball came across at ground level and home centre back Jonah O’Reilly turned the ball home as the Mossley defence froze.

The Lilywhites reacted well to the set-back and continued to push forward. Frustratingly, more chances went begging for Mossley before the winner arrived on 77 minutes. Bryant found Mason Duffy at the second half and Duffy’s 20 yard on target shot took a deflection to leave Morrow helpless as the ball flew into the net.

It was Mossley who continued to attack and several opportunities were missed to kill the game off as substitute Liam Ellis was unlucky on two occasions while fellow sub Keenan Quansah and Tom Pratt also both went close.

Mossley’s inability to kill the game off was tested in the last minute when Burscough won a corner but the Lilywhites defence remained solid and the points were won.


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