The reserves unbeaten league record
came to an end at the hands of Lancaster City. An honest
well organised Lancaster team came at Mossley from the kick
off and went a goal up after just 2 minuets when Ike Williams
was allowed to get a cross in down the home sides left flank
and Daniel Hattersley rose unchallenged to head the ball
home from 8 yards.
From the restart Lancaster continued to take the game to
Mossley with the away team finding it difficult to find
any sort of rhythm to their play. Although Lancaster were
closing Mossley down well Mossley began to get a foothold
in the game and after 20 minuets had the ball in the back
of the Lancaster net when Danny Murray headed in a cross
from Alex Byrne but the goal was disallowed for off side.
Then a sublime cross field pass from Joe Heap, who was forced
to fill in at left back was beautifully controlled by Mike
Brickhill who fired a tremendous low cross along the six
yard box for Danny Murray who really should have scored
but his effort was well saved by David Rogerson in the Lancaster
Jordon Cuff who had switched to the left flank for this
game, made several great runs cutting into the box but was
unable to find the final ball to punish the home side.
On 32 minuets, just as it looked like Mossley were finally
taking control of the game, an uncharacteristic mistake
by captain Mike Jones on the edge of his own box when he
inexplicably tried to head the ball backward to Johnny McIllwaine
in the Mossley goal when there was no apparent danger, only
to see it intercepted by Jack Cook, who made no mistake
On 35 minuets the ineffective Antony Dorney was replaced
with Nathan Tosum and he almost made an immediate impact
when he was put in by Byrne on the edge of the box, only
to his effort blocked by a mass of Lancaster bodies.
The half time interval was dominated with talk of work
rate, movement, commitment and attitude, things that were
lacking in Mossleys first half performance. Although no
more substitutions were made, several positions were changed
in the hope of injecting some energy into the team.
The second half began very much as the first had finished
with Lancaster keeping their formation well whilst continuing
to display and impressive energy level through out the team.
As the half wore on Mossley slowly began to apply pressure,
with the home team dropping deeper into the own half and
on 64 minuets the break through came for the visitors when
Murray headed home a cross following good work from Brickhill.
Mossley now pressed for the equaliser but against the run
of play Lancaster forced a corner and from the resulting
corner kick Anthony Stayte lost his marker and headed in
at the far post.
Injuries then hindered Mossley's attempts to claw their
way back into the game when first Brickhill (Wayne Gordon)
was forced to withdraw on 68 minuets following a sickening
clash of heads in the first half that began to take its
toll and then Byrne (Jordon Heyes) on 70 minuets with a
thigh strain. With the home team keeping possession well
Mossley found it difficult to create any further chances
and the game ended with a 3-1 to the home side.
To sum up I think it would be safe to say that it was a
bad day at the office all round, with a game of two differing
teams, one that wanted to win and one that expected to win!
Report by Rob Byrne