Mossley eased through to the next round of the Buildbase FA Trophy with a 3-2 victory over old rivals Northwich Victoria at Seel Park on Tuesday night.
The narrow score-line didn’t truly reflect a game that Mossley dominated for large parts and the Lilywhites ought to have won by a greater margin.
There were once again enforced team changes with Kyle McGonigle the latest player sidelined through injury while Logan Jeffs was reportedly unwell. Kyle Harrison stepped into the breach to play as an emergency central defender while Danny McDonnell came back into the team at left back.
The game was played at a high tempo on a slick surface dampened by the day’s drizzle and the Lilywhites were on the front foot from the off with an impressive new look midfield taking charge of the game.
It seemed only a matter of time before Mossley would take the lead having created numerous chances, Mike Fish coming closest when his effort came back off a post with Vics keeper Mason Springthorpe well beaten. Jonah Gosling, Tom Pratt and Andy Keogh also came close to breaking the deadlock.
The much threatened lead finally did arrive four minutes before the break. Andy Keogh fired goalwards from 20 yards with the ball taking a deflection before nestling in the Vics net.
Mossley continued where they left off after the break and scored a deserved second goal on 55 minutes with a flowing move. Bury loanee Robert Bourne drove forward from midfield before slipping the ball down the right channel to Andy Keogh. The Mossley skipper played the ball across to the far post where Mike Fish arrived unmarked to rifle home.
Mossley took their foot off the gas for a while at this point allowing Vics a foothold which they took gratefully with less than ten minutes remaining when ex Lilywhite Godwin Abadaki scored with a well placed header.
Mossley hit back quickly. Another spell of Mossley pressure saw Keogh set up substitute Damase Kiwanda who scored at the second attempt after Springthorpe blocked his first effort. Kiwanda wheeled away to a brilliantly acrobatic goal celebration.
There was still time for the visitors to hit back again with Abadaki’s 20 yard effort finding the bottom corner, but it was too little too late for Vics and it is Mossley who go through to the next round to face League rivals Farsley Celtic at Seel Park in the next round on 29th October.
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