A Mossley side, clearly lacking confidence and ideas, fell to a humbling 3-1 defeat to strugglers Ossett Albion at Seel Park on Tuesday night.
In near perfect conditions the Lilywhites opened on the front foot and were unlucky not to have broken the deadlock before the visitors opened the scoring with a controversial 10th minute goal.
Mossley claimed the ball had gone out of play when Adam Jones hooked the ball down the right touchline. There was the slightest of pauses by both teams before, realising the flag hadn't been raised, Albion's Abdou Bojang reacted quickest whipping a cross in to his brother Gibril Bojang to head home from close range.
Temporarily undeterred Mossley set back to the task and equalised in the 20th minute. Damase Kiwanda stole the ball off an Ossett midfielder and played a perfect through ball, Tom Pratt was on the end of it and he finished calmly in the bottom corner to restore parity.
Five minutes before the break Albion stole ahead after some calamitous defending saw the ball fall to the feet of attacking midfielder Talent Ndlovu who sent a 25 yard dipper beyond the reach of Liam Flynn and into the Mossley net.
The lively attacking of Ndlovu and the Bojang brothers caused Mossley's defence plenty of problems in an evenly contested first half but the game was still wide open.
The second half saw more of the same, but Mossley's attacking was mostly stunted and lacked creativity. Even the double substitution of Mike Fish and Jordan Bove replacing Kiwanda and Dave Short failed to spark any real inspiration.
Mossley then lost centre back Tom Dean to injury and Ciaran Harper was a direct replacement. However, the Lilywhites attacks had long since descended into an ineffective long ball game when the visitors sealed the points on 83 minutes.
Following an Ossett set piece the ball broke to Abdou Bojang who hit a superb 25 yard strike into the top corner that gave Flynn no chance and that was that result wise.
Performance wise it was an extremely disappointing and disjointed display against a very average team and a huge improvement is needed if anything is to be gained in the next outing at League leaders Brighouse Town.
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