Browny is villain then hero!
Mossley 2 Bridlington Town 2
FA Challenge Trophy 1st Round
Saturday 6th November 2004 - 3.00 pm
@ Seel Park, Mossley
Referee K W Haycock
- wind W/NW 12mph
1. Ashley Timms (8)
2. Tony Coyne (7)
3. John Hore (8*)
4. Steve Sheil (8)
5. Dave Brown (cptn) (7)
6. Jordan Goodeve (6)
7. Leyton Slack (7)
8. Shaun Dootson (7) Y
9. Rhodri Giggs (7)
10. Chris Downey (7)
11. Adam Morning (7)
12. Mario Daniel (7) (for Coyne 80 mins)
14. Phil Melville (not used)
5. Harper (cptn)
went into their return to the FA Trophy with only 13 fit and available
players against UniBond Premier side Bridlington Town.
The Lilywhites injury ravaged side struggled to find their form in
the early stages as Bridlington tested Mossley's debutant keeper Ashley
Timms with a string of high balls into the box which the former Manchester
City shot stopper dealt with admirably.
Timms long range distribution by both hand and foot became a feature
as Mossley finally settled into the flow and started to get behind
the visitors defence. Adam Morning and Leyton Slack both enjoying
some success down the flanks, but chances for either side were limited
as the rain soaked pitch started to take it's toll.
After a goalless first half Mossley began to exert some pressure after
the break and were finally rewarded in the 57th minutes when Bridlington
failed to clear John Hore's cross from deep on the left and the ball
broke to Chris Downey who confidently netted his
13th goal of the season from the edge of the box.
Bridlington appeared to be there for the taking and never looked like
scoring until the referee took a hand in the 66th minute. A sky-high
up and under into the six yard box by Burdick saw two Bridlington
forwards climb all over Timms and visitors captain Lee Harper
forced the ball over the line for a hotly contested goal that looked
more like something Nat Lofthouse might have got away with in the
Bridlington's Martin Thacker then received a straight red card for
a two footed lunge at Tony Coyne. Then, in the 78th minute Mossley's
agony was doubled when Mossley skipper Dave Brown
inexplicably drove a 25 yard back pass over Timms while under pressure
from Fell to give the visitors an unexpected and thoroughly undeserved
Mossley piled forward and substitute Mario Daniel looked a certain
scorer before ending up on his backside five yards out and hopes of
a positive result were fading.
In the very last minute of the game Adam Morning crossed from the
left, the ball broke to Dave Brown at the far post
and as he turned past the last defender he appeared to be running
out of pitch at the by-line when Mossley's villain turned hero somehow
squeezed the ball past Baxter's inside post and over the line from
a seemingly impossible angle and Mossley live to fight another day.
Downey gives Mossley the lead
Brown turns past the last defender before firing home the last minute
Mossleyweb Man of the Match:
John Hore...a class act when others flailed in
Mossleyweb Verdict: Relief!