Mossley’s poor away form hit a new low at bottom of the table Goole on Saturday as the Lilywhites went down to a humiliating 5-1 defeat against a side who had won only two previous games this season and hadn’t scored five goals in a game for several years previous.
It was truly a day to forget for a Mossley side lacking any sense of confidence or cohesion who were bullied all afternoon by a big, physical side who in truth might have won by a more convincing margin.
Mo Ali returned to the side after injury with Elliot Harrison dropping to the bench while Jamie McLellan was brought into defence and Declan Evans switching to a holding midfield role.
On a bumpy uneven surface and playing with first advantage of the strong wind Goole hoofed endless high balls into the Mossley danger area that the Lilywhites defence struggled to cope with.
Steven Jeff had the first real effort at goal for the home side when his powerful low drive from distance brushed the outside of Oliver Martin’s right hand post.
Early warning signs were not heeded and the home side went ahead on 17 minutes. The giant Danny South’s goal-bound header was blocked on the line by Logan Jeffs who was penalised for handball without actually raising his arm. The very unfortunate Jeffs was sent off for the offence, his second red card in successive games. Jordan Turner fired home from the penalty spot.
Ten man Mossley continued to pose very little threat and found themselves two down on 24 minutes when lanky centre back Sam Colbear headed home after Mossley had failed to deal with a corner.
On 38 minutes Goole stretched the lead further when Mo Ali was deemed to have held a Goole player at another corner and Jordan Turner again scored from the penalty spot leaving ten man Mossley with a mountain to climb and having not had a single shot of any kind to their credit.
Mossley skipper Tom Dean was lost to a knee injury at half time with a re-jig seeing Adam Latham as his replacement and the Lilywhites tried to force the issue after the interval but offered little threat to the Goole back line.
The Lilywhites finally pulled a goal back on 66 minutes when Liam Ellis forced the ball over the line after Goole keeper Ben Saynor had spilled Jack Tuohy’s corner kick.
It turned into a false dawn as on 75 minutes Goole scored a fourth with a neat breakaway move that saw winger Jordan Turner race through to complete his hat-trick.
The final nail in Mossley’s collective coffin came in the last minute when centre back Sam Colbear again scored with a free header from a Goole corner to end what was a thoroughly miserable afternoon for everyone connected with Mossley AFC.