Tuesday 18th January 2022 @ Marine Travel Arena, Crosby Att: 860
(0) 0
(1) 3
Evans (9 pen, 59 pen), Banister (61)
Mossleyweb Man of the Match: Jack Banister

1. Tom Scott
2. Ben Richardson
3. Freddie Sass
4. Jordan Butterworth
5. Declan Evans (c)
6. Devon Matthews
7. Kane Hickman
8. Bailey Marsden
9. Antony Brown
10. Mason Fawns
11. Jack Banister
12. Andy Keogh (unused)
14. Steve Mason (for 17 - 80)
15. Harry Pratt (for 9 -78)
16. Connor Morris (unused)
17. Jack Grundy (for 2 - 70)
Yellow cards:
Richardson, Fawns

1. Aidan Dowling
2. Connor Teale
3. James Barrigan
4. Mark Howarth
5. Dean Winnard
6. James Devine
7. David Lynch
8. Steven Irwin
9. Niall Cummins
10. George Newell
11. Neil Kengni
12. Danny Shaw (unused)
14. Ryan Wignall (for 7 - 34)
15. Owen Watkinson (unused)
16. Lewis Reilly (for 6 -69)
17. Ben Hughes (for 2 - 78)
Yellow cards:
Irwin, Newell

Referee: Nathaniel Cox




Mossley put in a massive shift to deservedly take maximum points in convincing fashion at title chasing Marine on Tuesday night.

The Lilywhites line up showed just one change from Saturday. Bailey Marsden replacing Andy Keogh in the starting line up for a game which on paper was a 'free hit' for Mossley.

An inspired and fearless performance saw the orange and blue clad Lilywhites fly out of the traps and win a corner in the opening minute. Soon after, Antony Brown had a penalty claim waved away but Mossley didn't have to wait long for a spot kick award as Jack Banister was clipped just inside the box by Connor Teale. Declan Evans stepped up to calmly place the ball beyond debutant loanee Blackburn Rovers keeper Aidan Dowling to give Mossley a 9th minute lead.

As anticipated Marine finally found their feet with winger Neil Kengni prominent for the home side as he won a free kick that saw Cummins shot comfortably saved by Tom Scott.

Scott was called into action again making an acrobatic save to deny Kengni's curling effort as the home side dominated possession but rarely threatened, despite what seemed an endless sequence of free kicks in their favour.

Mossley's defending was top notch on the night and despite some heavy pressure Scott's goal was very well protected. It was Mossley, despite having been under the cosh for a lengthy spell, who finished the half in the ascendancy.

Banister was unlucky when his run and shot saw the ball deflected to the keeper. Banister broke again and twice his attempted crosses to Brown were blocked. Mossley won a corner and Dowling saved Brown's header before the half ended with Mason Fawns run releasing Brown who's shot clipped the bar before going out for a goal kick.

A slight tactical switch after the break saw Fawns sit deeper with Banister playing more centrally alongside Brown and the switch proved a masterstroke. However, it was Marine who created the first real chance of the half. Scott superbly tipped away Kengni's goal bound shot and the Mossley keeper was again solid as some frantic pressure saw Cummins and Newell both denied.

Mossley put themselves firmly in the driving seat just before the hour mark as Jordan Butterworth's long ball was misjudged by Winnard and Brown broke clear only to be brought down by Dowling for a second spot kick. Again Declan Evans was flawless from the spot to double the Lilywhites advantage.

Two minutes later victory was almost certainly assured when another excellent Butterworth through ball saw Jack Banister break clear, driving forward he clipped the ball past Dowling to make it 3-0 and putting the good number of traveling Mossley faithful into dreamland.

Devon Matthews almost added a fourth as his effort from Freddie Sass's long throw drifted across the front of Marine's goal before Banister again threatened but his effort lacked the power to beat Dowling after a great run from his own half and one-two with Fawns.

Six minutes added time did nothing to dampen Mossley spirits and the Lilywhites comfortably held the Mariners at bay to earn the points and move back up to sixth place in the table.