How Mossley will regret conceding the soft stoppage time equaliser in Saturday’s first game as they crashed to a hugely disappointing 2-0 defeat in Tuesday night’s Emirates FA Cup replay at 1874 Northwich.
In honesty Mossley were out fought and out thought on the night by the lower division club on a night that the Lilywhites management, players and fans will quickly want to forget.
An end to end opening saw Mossley with the first real chance as Danny McLaughlin was denied by a smart save by the home side’s man of the match keeper Greg Hall.
On ten minutes it was Hall who supplied the assist for the game’s opening goal. Coming to catch Caldon Henson’s long throw he quickly punted the ball down field. Ismail Suleiman missed his header on half way and Scott McGowan raced through to place an unerring finish past the stranded Oliver Martin.
Minutes later Martin was called upon to make a smart save to deny the lively McGowan.
At the other end Hall made another fine save, tipping over to deny Elliot Harrison’s 20 yard drive while McLaughlin couldn’t believe his bad luck when Hall somehow kept out his close range effort.
The home side doubled their advantage on 37 minutes when McGowan arrived to flick home a header from a superb cross from deep on the right giving Mossley a mountain to climb against a highly motivated and up for it home side who saw a scalp there for the taking.
Mossley huffed and puffed in the second half but couldn’t blow down the 1874 house as the home side soaked up pressure while still remaining a massive threat on the break.
Substitute Jamie Matthews was twice denied, once by a brilliant block tackle and again by Hall who tipped his hooked effort over the bar.
With Mossley playing all out attack in the closing stages they were nearly caught out by another breakaway as home substitute Ben Woods saw his effort come back off the post.
Salt was rubbed in Mossley’s wounds in the closing minute when Caldon Henson was shown a straight red card for a high challenge on 1874’s Sam Hind and a massively disappointed Mossley were out of the FA Cup for another year.