Tuesday 28th September 2021 @ Seel Park Att: 313
Leek Town
(3) 3
(0) 2
Pratt (5), Butterworth (28), Keogh (45)
Grice (70), Trickett-Smith (72)
Mossleyweb Man of the Match: Harry Pratt

Matchday Programme pdf

1. Dale Latham
2. Jack Grundy
3. Kain Dean
4. Jordan Butterworth
5. Declan Evans
6. Devon Matthews
7. Levi Phillips
8. Andy Keogh
9. Harry Pratt
10. Bailey Marsden
11. Jack Bannister
12. Paul Riley (unused)
13. Jordan Hadlow (unused)
14. Sam Kilner (for 11 - 90)
15. Will Shepherd (for 7 - 77)
16. Ben Lowe (unused)
Yellow cards:
Shepherd, Matthews

Leek Town
1. Daniel Roberts
2. Jessy Bavanganga
3. Louis Keenan
4. Marc Grocott
5. Oliver Harrison
6. Josh Ryder
7. Jack Wakefield
8. William Reeves
9. Tim Grice
10. Daniel Trickett-Smith
11. Will Saxon
12. Rob Stevenson (for 11 - 63)
14. Lewis Short (for 7 - 69)
15. Amaar Dyer (unused)
16. Louis Lake (unused)
17. Samuel Booth (unused)
Yellow card: Bavanganga

Referee: Lewis Dawson





Mossley gave a terrific first half performance that proved just enough to take maximum points from what was probably the toughest game of the season so far.

Leek are a very good side, there is no doubting that, but, some of Mossley’s play in the that opening half would have troubled teams several divisions higher. This despite going into the match with key players missing from the side through injury.

On the plus side, Andy Keogh returned to the starting line up following his injury replacing Mason Fawns and youngster Bailey Marsden filled Kane Hickman’s boots admirably with a performance filled with promise.

Up front Harry Pratt led the line to great effect with able and very talented support from Levi Phillips and home debutant Jack Banister.

Leek came out of the blocks like a team in the mood and spent the first five minutes camped around the Mossley box. However, in the 5th minute a back pass was slightly mis controlled by leek keeper Roberts and Harry Pratt chased down, won the 50/50 with the keeper and slotted home left footed from the angle to give the Lilywhites a surprise early lead against the run of play.

Leek’s response was immediate but Lilywhites keeper Dale Latham was equal to Tim Grice’s effort.

Keogh tried his luck from the edge of the box but his effort was deflected wide and Jack Grundy headed over from the resulting corner.

Phillips and Banister were asking plenty of questions of the Leek full backs but it was Leek who came within a whisker as another Grice shot narrowly wide from a great position.

It was Mossley who were next to show and doubled the lead on 26 minutes. Banister, Phillips and Keogh combined and the latter’s clever pass saw Jordan Butterworth pop up in the box to slot home from six yards.

The game swung from end to end but Mossley were edging it and enjoying their two goal cushion playing some glorious flowing football with Keogh the orchestrator in chief.

Pratt fired inches over, Keogh forced Roberts into tipping over another clever effort and a Leek defender had to clear Banister’s left wing cross off the line.

When Leek attacked Mossley defenders threw bodies in the way giving Leek little sight of Latham’s goal and right on the stroke of half time Mossley added a third goal. All the work of Andy Keogh. The Lilywhites leader cut inside from the right, beat his marker used his body brilliantly to protect the ball and slotted home a glorious 50th goal in Mossley colours.

Mossley continued were they left off and Roberts made a good save to deny Banister’s curler and a great Kain Dean cross from the left saw Harry Pratt’s powerful header superbly saved by Roberts.

Leek pulled a goal back in the 70th minute, Mossley appealed what looked like a possible off-side but Tim Grice finished well after rounding Latham.

Two minutes later and it was ’squeaky bum’ time as Leek grabbed a second as Daniel Tricket-Smith headed home a far post cross from Mossley’s left.

Mossley then worked tirelessly to keep Leek at bay and still managed to look threatening at the other end.

A couple of minor injuries saw the game extended well beyond the signalled four minutes stoppage time but Mossley held firm to deservedly take maximum points and sit proudly at the top of the table with almost a quarter of the season completed. How long can the Lilywhites stay there, who knows, but with performances like that it will take a very good side to beat them!

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