Three points and a happy new year!
Mossley 2 Brigg Town 1
UniBond League Division One
Monday 3rd January 2005 - 3.00 pm
@ Seel Park, Mossley
Referee I.Siddall
Attendance 290


9C - wind W/SW 18mph

 

Mossley
1. Phil Melville (8)
2. Matty Taylor (8)
3. Barrie Hart (8)
4. Paul Challinor (cptn) (9*)
5. Danny Meadowcroft (8)
6. Tony Coyne (7)
7. Mario Daniel (7)
8. Shaun Dootson (7)
9. Anthony Johnson (7)
10. Chris Downey (7)
11. Jordan Goodeve (7)
12. Leon Mike (7) (for Johnson 69 mins)
14. Paul Armstrong (7) (for Coyne 61 mins)
15. Leyton Slack (not used)

Brigg Town
1. Steer
2. Ward
3. Waltham
4. Cochrane
5. Allen
6. Betts
7. Stones
8. Housham (cptn) Y
9. Roach
10. Chatterton
11. Ainsley
12. Thorne
14. Cutler
15.
Drayton

 

Mossley finally earned a hard working victory over a strong and direct Brigg Town side in the Seel Park mud on Monday with two late goals.
Brigg had the better of the opening exchanges and Phil Melville was twice called upon to make good saves but as the half wore on Mossley got into their stride and Jordan Goodeve, Mario Daniel and Shaun Dootson all went close for the home side. Chris Downey had a goal ruled out for off-side and Daniel's effort through a crowded box seemed bound for the net until it hit team-mate Meadowcroft and ricocheted to safety. Matty Taylor then headed off the line as Chatterton's chip beat the advancing Melville.
The second half was similarly end to end but it was the visitors who broke the deadlock in the 58th minute. A corner from the right was unlucky helped into the net at the near post by the otherwise impeccable debutant Barrie Hart. Taylor then again cleared off the line just before Mossley re-introduced Leon Mike to the action after a lengthy injury lay off in the 69th minute. The former Man City and Aberdeen centre forward immediately started to cause problems for a strong visiting defence. Mossley were becoming bogged down in the clinging Seel Park mud and Brigg were massing in defence and time-wasting as often as possible. Then up stepped Oldham Athletic youngster Paul Armstrong, who is at Mossley on work experience and having replaced Tony Coyne on the hour mark, jinked inside from the left wing and unleashed a tremendous daisy-cutter into the far bottom corner from fully 30 yards.
With just five minutes left on the clock Mossley forged a winner. Mossley won a corner on the right, Barrie Hart curled his flag kick under the bar and outstanding new team captain Paul Challinor was in the right place at the right time to force the ball home from close range.
Mossley missed a couple of chances to make the game safe as Brigg suddenly crumbled and although the Lincolnshire side won a couple of late free kicks they were unable to threaten and Mossley ended a barren run with three much needed points.

 

 


18 year old substitute Paul Armstrong rifles Mossley equaliser from fully 30 yards

 

 


Impressive new Mossley captain Paul Challinor (4) forces home the winner from debutant Barrie Hart's corner

pictures courtesy of http://www.mossleymania.co.uk

Mossleyweb Man of the Match: Paul Challinor - match winning goal and a match winning display by Mossley's new captain!
Mossleyweb Verdict: Great comeback and a much needed three points!