Wednesday 1st January 2020 @ Seel Park
(1) 2
(0) 1
Uchegbulam (17), Rainford (79)
Kay (74)
Mossleyweb Man of the Match: Andy Keogh

1. Theo Roberts
2. Ben Richardson
3. Dieter Downey
4. Mark Lees
5. Jack Grundy
6. Declan Evans
7. Jes Uchegabulem
8. Andy Keogh (c)
9. Dylan Fitzgerald
10. Ryan Brooke
11. Kayde Coppin
12. Gary Gee (for 7 - 86)
14. Matty Williams (unused)
15. Ben Halfacre (unused)
16. Jamie Rainford (for 9 - 75)
17. Kieran Nolan (unused)
Yellow cards: Evans, Richardson

1. Chris Thompson
2. Adam Rooney
3. Tom Moore
4. Steve Howson
5. Andy Langford
6. Kane Hickman
7. Daniel Wilkins
8. Jamie Frost
9. Jack Kay
10. Domaine Rouse (c)
11. Colin Murray
12. Harry Canon-Noren (for 11 - 60)
14. Dominic Smith (for 7 - 60)
15. Faustin Makela (unused)
16. Shaquille Antoine-Clarke (for 3 - 60)
17. Andreas Bianga (unused)
Yellow cards: Hickman

Referee: Mr L. Hible


Mossley opened 2020 with a win as the Lilywhites saw off the challenge of neighbours Droylsden with a much improved performance at Seel Park on New Years Day.

Manager Dave Wild reshuffled the team a little with Dylan Fitzgerald and on loan Oldham Athletic youngster Jack Grundy both making their first League starts and Andy Keogh returning to his more familiar midfield role..

The Lilywhites looked the better side throughout after starting on the front foot with Kayde Coppin coming close to opening the scoring in the first few minutes.

Droylsden had their best chance of the first half soon after though but Tom Moore’s header hit the outside of the post before the Lilywhites started to dictate the play. Ben Richardson rifled a dangerous free kick into the visitors box after keeper Thompson had handled outside the box but Thompson redeemed himself with a good save.

Mossley took a deserved lead on 17 minutes when Fitzgerald sent Jes Uchegbulam jinking his way into the Droylsden box before slotting home from ten yards.

Mossley continued to dominate without creating too many chances but Thompson was again called into action to save Ryan Brooke’s powerful drive and the same player saw his header come back off a post on the stroke of half time.

Mossley seemed to be in comfortable cruise control when Droylsden made a tripe substitution on 60 minutes which seemed to liven the Bloods up and on 74 minutes the visitors fund an equaliser as Jack Kay forced the ball home after Mossley had lost possession in midfield.

Cue Jamie Rainford. The experienced hit-man replaced Fitzgerald a minute after the goal and within four minutes of his arrival on the pitch he controlled and finished superbly with an angled shot with the visitors appeals for off-side falling on deaf ears.

Droylsden were awarded a late free kick in a dangerous position but Mossley defended well and took the three points to start the new year off in positive fashion.


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