Mossley tame Badgers!
Mossley 3 Eastwood Town 1
UniBond League Division One
Saturday 9th October 2004 - 3.00 pm
@ Seel Park, Mossley
Referee A. McGee
Attendance 207

11C - wind E 18mph


1. Lee Bracey (7)
2. Carl Rezai (8)
3. Steve Sheil (7)
4. Paul Murphy (8)
5. Danny Meadowcroft (8)
6. Josh Howard (cptn) (7)
7. Matty Taylor (7)
8. Shaun Dootson (7)
9. Jordan Goodeve (7)
10. Chris Downey (7)
11. Adam Morning (8*)
12. Dave Brown (7) (for Howard 45 mins)
14. Mario Daniel (7) (for Downey 76 mins)
15. Rhodri Giggs (7) (for M.Taylor 72 mins)

Eastwood Town
1. Bryant
2. Fisher
3. Whitehead
4. Sucharewycz
5. Voar
6. Gould (cptn)
7. Shaw
8. Knox
9. MacNamara
10. Hutchinson
11. D.Soar
12. Millns
14. Mushambi


Mossley coasted to a comfortable victory over a poor Eastwood Town side at Seel Park this afternoon despite having to come from behind.
Mossley had Manchester City's 19 year old Irish Youth International Paul Murphy making his debut in central defence alongside Danny Meadowcroft and the back four looked solid throughout. However, it was Eastwood who took a shock lead with their first attack on 17 minutes when Mark Fisher's header looped over Lee Bracey.
A couple of minutes later Eastwood almost added a second when a low cross from the left flashed accross the Mossley goal.
That was pretty much it from Eastwood who were conent to play a very basic long ball game that Mossley's defence coped with easily and Mossley took control of the game. The inevitable equaliser came on 24 minutes. Adam Morning made a great run down the left and crossed low for Jordan Goodeve to turn home at the near post.
12 minutes later and after more Mossley pressure the home side went ahead. Matty Taylor made a cross field run and played a great pass inside the full back for Morning to to take to the by-line and cross for Josh Howard to head home from six yards!
Chris Downey then hit the inside of the post before all but wrapping up the points three minutes before the break when he pounced to round the keeper after Morning had pressured Whitehead into a poor back-pass.
The second half saw Eastwood tighten up their defence and crowd the midfield making Mossley's task more difficult but posing very little threat as an attacking force. Dave Brown replaced Josh Howard at the interval for his first outing of the season and despite looking a little ring rusty it was good to see the big man back in the fray.
Bracey was finally called into action with about ten minutes remaining when he dived to his left to turn away MacNamara's effort. Mossley's best chance of a controlled second half performance saw newboy Murphy's attempted lob just clear the bar after a fine six man move had ripped open the visitors defence.
Mossley took their foot off the pedal in the second half but with two important games to come this week and the points already in the bag they didn't need to exert themselves unduly.



Jordan Goodeve slots home the equaliser



Josh Howard heads Mossley in front



Chris Downey rounds the Eastwood keeper to score the third goal

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Mossleyweb Man of the Match: Adam Morning...involved in all three goals and more!
Mossleyweb Verdict: Comfortable!