Mossley staged a remarkable late comeback to record their first win of the new season at Radcliffe Borough on Tuesday evening.
It was an enthralling and exciting spectacle as both sides came out of the blocks quickly and the high tempo rarely dropped below frenetic throughout the ninety minutes.
Radcliffe took an early lead as Raul Correa saw his speculative 25 yard drive take enough of a deflection to guide the ball into the bottom right corner of Liam Flynn’s goal.
Mossley survived a scare when Kyle Harrison almost put through his own net when clearing as the ball skimmed across the face of the Mossley goal and out for a corner.
Flynn’s sliced clearance caused another problem as Jack Hindle raced clear but the big Mossley stopper redeemed himself with a fine block save.
Mossley pressed hard for an equaliser but found Radcliffe’s defence a stubborn resistance and Radcliffe doubled their lead on 34 minutes.
Correa and Hindle worked a move on Mossley’s right and when the ball reached the far post Elliot Rokka was able to fire into the far corner to put the home side firmly in the driving seat.
Mossley gained a lifeline on the stroke of half time when the otherwise impressive Abou Sanogo let himself and his team mates down by lashing out at Mike Fish following a Mossley corner. The referee dismissed Sanogo and awarded a penalty that Kyle McGonigle dispatched into the bottom corner.
Mossley introduced new signing Damase Kiwanda at the interval and the very speedy winger was soon in the thick of the action causing the re-jigged home defence all kinds of problems. However, after coming desperately close to an equaliser on several occasions Mossley were hit with a sucker punch on 56 minutes as Elliot Rokka wriggled past several tackles and rounded Flynn for a great solo goal to seemingly wrap up the points for Boro.
Mossley kept plugging away as Radcliffe sat happily on their two goal advantage and more chances came and went for the Lilywhites before, with 87 minutes on the clock, Mike Fish’s flicked header saw Andy Keogh slip through a gap to score with a well taken finish. Game on!
It was all Mossley as the game entered six minutes of added on time and the equaliser soon followed. Steve Yarwood’s mazy dribble saw Mike Fish control the ball with his back to goal before turning to slot the ball past the stranded Boro keeper.
Boro’s response was instant but Rokka dragged the ball wide when a goal looked a certainly and Mossley capitalised to the maximum when Kyle McGonigle’s long raking pass sent Andy Keogh scampering away and his delicate lob gave young ex Everton keeper Johnson no chance to send the travelling faithful into ecstasy and seal the victory.
Radcliffe had one last chance with a thirty yard free kick but Coreea’s effort flew over the bar and the unlikeliest of three points belong to Mossley.