reserves went into this game against Fleetwood Town, with
the home side fielding no fewer than 7 of their first team
squad including Ashton born former Blackburn Rovers and
Aston Villa star Alan Wright who captained the side.
Mossley started brightly and played the ball around neatly,
more than matching their more experienced opponents in retaining
the ball although as the half wore on Mossley showed the
home side a little too much respect, playing far to deep
to cause the Fleetwood defence any serious problems baring
2 or 3 break aways. On the plus side the young Mossley team
defended excellently, restricting Fleetwood to long range
efforts and went in at the break with a clean sheet.
A groin injury to centre back Danny Higgins meant he was
unable to come out for the second half with James Phythian
coming on to make his debut.
During the interval Mossley were encouraged to be a little
more adventurous and play their football higher up the pitch
in the home teams territory. From the restart Sam Hare,
Alex Byrne, Lee Constantine, Jordon Cuff and Mike Brickhill
began to get forward and support Nathan Tosum and in doing
so Mossley started to dominate proceedings and create chances.
First on 55 minuets, Cuff breached the Fleetwood rear guard
and found himself through one on one with keeper Danny Hurst
but as Cuff rounded Hurst he lost his footing and was unable
to roll the ball into the empty goal or lay it back to the
supporting Tosum before Hurst smothered it.
On 59 minuets Constantine wasted a great chance to give
Mossley the lead when faced with just Hurst to beat, but
fired straight at the keeper.
Ben McNamara replaced Hare and Andy McKernon replaced Tom
Clarke on the hour mark and McKernon soon found himself
in the thick of the action, dispossessing John Miles in
his own half before racing through on Hurst's goal only
for Joe Camozzi to make a fine recovering tackle.
With Mike Jones, Cavell Coo, Tom Clarke and new boy Phythian
looking solid at the back Fleetwood were running out of
ideas with goalkeeper Nick Ashley virtually untroubled throughout
the half. However, the young Mossley Reserves were floored
with a sucker punch. Fleetwood won a corner on Mossley's
right hand side, having dealt impressively with every set
piece the home side had sent in thus far, one or two players
switched off and Camozzi broke from the halfway line to
get on the end of a short ball played in from the corner,
taking a touch into the area before dispatching it past
Mossley took several minuets to recover their composure
from the restart but to their credit they did and continued
to take the game to Fleetwood creating yet another glorious
chance, this time Cuff and Byrne combined down the home
sides right flank, with Byrne having worked the space he
sent over a great cross for Brickhill who had slipped his
marker and was totally unmarked 6 yards out headed wide
of the Fleetwood goal.
It was disappointing score line for the reserves who would
have gone top of the table had they won. However, they take
from the game great credit for the way they took the game
to their vastly more experienced opposition.
by Rob Byrne