dominated the first half of this pre season friendly against
neighbours Glossop North End at Reddish Vale College.
a small pitch space was hard to find but a young reserve
side controlled proceedings with some very attractive football
and took the lead on 22 minutes following good work from
debutant Jay Walcott from FC United of Manchester, who played
in former Lithuanian under-21 International Andzej Falcik
who made no mistake from 15 yards out.
Captain Ben McNamara and Andy Bailey were out standing in
the centre of midfield for the Lilywhites and it was Bailey
who doubled the lead on 29 minutes when he picked up a loose
ball just inside the Glossop half and set off on a surging
run that ended with him beating two Glossop defenders on
the edge of the are before smashing the ball home from 18
then proceeded to hit the woodwork on four occasions through
Walcott twice, Falcik and Bailey in the remainder of the
Mossley made a couple of changes at half time which seemed
to work against them at the start of the second half, with
Glossop pressing higher up the pitch Mossley struggled to
get their passing game going.
six minutes of the restart Glossop had halved the scoreline
following a mistake by the Lilywhites back four.
minutes later and the scores were level when a free kick
on the edge of the centre circle, deceived keeper Nick Howard
and found its way into the back of the goal.
From the restart, Mossley finally began to regain control
of proceedings threatening the Glossop goal on a number
of occasions, with Walcott, Jordon Cuff and McNanmara all
coming close but it wasn't until the 74th minute when the
winning goal came. Walcott pressed the Glossop left back
and in forcing the mistake, allowed Nat Martin to smartly
round the Glossop centre back before hitting the ball into
the top corner of the goal from 25 yards.
by Rob Byrne