injury ravaged young-guns crashed out of the FA Trophy at Bridlington
on Tuesday night. With only 12 fit players, Chris Downey and Tony
Coyne being the latest additions to an ever growing injury list, the
Lilywhites were always going to be 'up against it' on the east coast
against Premier Division opposition.
Mossley made the worst possible start, falling behind after only three
minutes, when John Hore was caught in possession inside his own box
and the ball was crossed for Paul Wilson to score
with a looping overhead volley.
Mossley were chasing shadows in the early stages and Bridlington went
two up on 22 minutes when Paul Palmer took advantage
as Steve Sheil went down with a head injury after colliding with keeper
Then on 34 minutes a simple through ball from half way severed Mossley's
back line and Darren Fell nipped in to make it 3-0
and effectively wrap the result up with barely a third of the game
All credit to Mossley's youngsters though as they finally found that
their passing game could make inroads into Bridlington's experienced
defence and Adam Morning raced down the left wing and his perfect
cross was powerfully headed home by Jordan Goodeve
in the 38th minute.
Mossley, suddenly lifted, applied pressure on the home defence for
the remainder of the half and had they found a way through at that
stage a dramatic comeback may have been on the cards. However, Brid'
clung on 'til the interval and made absolutely sure of victory in
the 62nd minute when Palmer scored his second after
a neat move down the left.
Mossley kept playing football but it was Bridlington who continued
to carve the clearer openings and Sheil twice cleared off the line
to prevent further damage.
With leading scorers Chris Downey and Leon Mike both out of action
Mossley's strikeforce was somewhat light weight while at the back
Dave Brown, carrying a neck injury and still less than fully match
fit left the defence in a less than solid state. New keeper Timms
generally flapped at everything and looked a much poorer keeper than