The sleepy village
of North Ferriby was awakened by the arrival of around 100 noisy Mossley
fans for the Lilywhites first away fixture in the UniBond League,
and much to the great delight of those who had traveled to Humberside
it was Mossley who were victorious in an incident filled game that
had the fans on their toes throughout.
Mossley had opened brightly with the pace and strength of the front
line much to the fore but Ferriby also looked a threat with the experienced
Fothergill leading the line to good effect and the diminutive Gary
Bradshaw and two lively wingers giving the Mossley back four plenty
to think about.
It was Fothergill who gave the homesters an 11th
minute lead with a neatly worked move and for a few minutes Mossley
looked like collapsing as a couple more chances were spurned by the
The Lilywhites (claret & blues) were rattled but not downhearted
and duly equalized seven minutes later. Rezai’s long free kick
into the box was controlled by Leon Mike, his lay off found Rhodri
Giggs lurking just inside the box and the exciting Mossley
winger’s angled drive flew into the bottom corner.
Mossley edged in front on 32 minutes. Giggs again caused havoc on
the right and his pin-point cross saw Leon Mike perfectly
poised to place a powerful diving header past stranded home keeper
A third goal was almost added on the stroke of half time when Chris
Downey raced through despite being fouled, but his shot looped over
the keeper and agonizingly back off the bar.
The home side enjoyed a spell of pressure after the break but Mossley
defended resolutely and looked a real threat on attack. So it was
no real surprise when Leon Mike added a third on
55 minutes after a mazy run and low cross by inspirational skipper
More chances were created and Downey, Giggs and Mike all went close
before Ferriby reduced the arrears from the spot. Fothergill
scoring his second after Bradshaw went to ground a little
easily under Ellison’s challenge.
An ugly incident then threatened to spoil proceedings when a punch
was thrown and 22 players jostled as referee Greenwood constantly
sounded his whistle. Order was finally restored and Bradshaw, along
with Mossley’s Shaun Dootson both saw red.
pressed hard but Mossley were still the greater threat. The introduction
of subs Mario Daniel, Adam Morning and then Jordan Goodeve caused
a tiring home defence to visibly wilt. Daniel might have scored twice
and Morning once before the game was wrapped up in the dying moments
as former Macclesfield teenager Goodeve hammered
home from close range after Daniel and Giggs had superbly prevented
Ferriby from clearing their lines.