Saturday 9th July 2022 @ Longfield Avenue, Golcar
Golcar United
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Mossleyweb Man of the Match

1. Dale Latham
2. Joe Rothwell
3. Jack Grundy
4. Jordan Butterworth (c)
5. Will Hartshorne
6. Shane Killock
7. Mason Fawns
8. Will Shepherd
9. Oumar Camara
10. Louis Potts
11. Jack Banister
12. Josh Dickin (for 5)
13. Lewis Hawley (for 1)
14. Sam Keenan (for 6)
15. Jackson Maguire (for 3)
16. Matty Jones (for 11)
17. Sam Taylor (for 8)

Mason Fawns ensured Mossley got their pre season off to a winning start as he bagged a last minute winner against NWCL Premier Division new boys Golcar United at a warm and sunny Longfield Avenue on Saturday.

With several players unavailable due to holidays a number of trialsits were utilised and they generally showed up well against a useful home side that had plenty of pace and trickery when going forward and two goalkeepers who both gave impressive displays, as did Mossley's pair of clean sheet custodians Latham and teenage trialist Hawley.

There were chances for Banister, Fawns, Camara and Potts each denied by the keeper while new centre back Shane Killock twice headed narrowly over from set pieces.

After a lengthy spell of Mossley probing Golcar found their way into the game and attacked dangerously, particularly down their left flank, putting in a number of dangerous crosses aided by the overlapping runs of one time Lilywhite Leon Henry.

A goalless first half was followed by a sluggish start to the second period by Mossley as Golcar enjoyed a good spell of possession with only intermittent Lilywites raids.

As Mossley edged back into the game Potts and Camara were both denied by excellent saves before Mossley thought they had finally scored. Trialist Camara turning the ball home from close range but was then unfortunate to be ruled off-side.

At the other end Mossley were indebted to Hawley saving a one-on-one and some very good cover tackling by Mossley defenders against the pacy Golcar strike force..

The winner finally arrived in the final minute of the ninety. Louie Potts went on a jinking run from the left wing before playing the ball wide right to Joe Rothwell who's cross was calmly controlled and lifted into the roof of the net by Mason Fawns. The goal also proved to be the last signicant moment of the game.

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