Mossley hit a rich vein of form on Saturday as they put previously unbeaten Ramsbottom United to the sword with a 2-0 victory in a feisty encounter at Seel Park.
The Lilywhites were the better side throughout creating enough chances to win by a larger margin with some flowing attacking football.
Pinning Ramsbottom in their own half, the home side had already spurned several opportunities before taking a deserved 16th minute lead.
Mossley won a free kick deep on the left. Jack Tuohy whipped in a superb cross that just eluded Tom Dean but fellow centre back Jamie McLellan was lurking at the back post to head home from close range for his first goal in a Mossley shirt.
The Lilywhites continued to press and a superb move involving Ellis, Mason Duffy and Elliot Harrison saw the latter bring a good save out of the overworked Martin Fearon.
Ramsbottom finally began to show some attacking endeavour and Oliver Martin was called into action to make a couple of decent saves to keep the lead intact at the break.
The second half belonged completely to Mossley as Ramsbottom’s frustration began to get the better of them as Ellis, Mike Taylor, Duffy, Harrison, Dean and Tuohy all came close to doubling the lead.
The inevitable second goal arrived in the 70th minute. A superb powerful run and cross from the left wing by Mossleyweb ‘Man of the Match’ Liam Ellis saw Elliot Harrison score with a shot that Fearon looked to have saved but the ball spun up into the roof of the net to all but end the game as a contest.
More chances were spurned to add to the lead but the drama wasn’t finished as following the referee signalling a surprising 6 minutes added on time a poor challenge by Ramsbottom striker Greg Daniels saw him receive a second yellow card and therefore red. Moments later Ramsbottom manager Mark Fell was dismissed from the bench after hurling a torrent of abuse at the referee as an exciting game ended on a sour note.
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