The scoreline does not reflect the full story. Gresley could have
been in double figures; such was their total domination of the match.
Gresley started as they meant to go on when Aaron O'Connor went close
after just two minutes putting his shot just wide of the upright.
Three minutes later Ejiofor flicked on a Gary White throw to Ashley
Dodd whose first shot was well blocked by Mossley keeper Phil Melville
and again he blocked the rebound.
O'Connor was getting closer to opening the scoring. This time the
frontrunner jumped on a mistake by the visiting defence but again
put his shot just wide.
On 10 minutes O'Connor made no mistake having beaten
an offside trap he ran onto White's through ball almost walked around
the keeper before coolly slotting the ball home.
Gresley continued to apply pressure with Ejiofor meeting a cross from
Liam Hebberd but the header went wide.
Barrett went close on 19 minutes after some good work by Ejiofor but
the final shot sailed over the bar. Seven minutes later O'Connor put
a fine ball through to Hebberd but his first touch put the ball a
fraction too far in front allowing Melville to grab it and prevent
any further danger.
It was almost on the half hour when Mossley made their first real
attempt on goal and a good one it was too. Jordan Goodeve got the
better of White down the left side before sending over a cross that
found Rory Patterson. His attempt looked goalbound but he was denied
by a first class save from Gavin Saxby flinging himself to his left
and pushing the ball away for a corner.
O'Connor was causing the Mossley defence all sorts of problems and
had another chance on 32 minutes and despite having the close attention
of three defenders managed to put a lob over Melville's head but unfortunately
also over the bar.
Debutant Fox almost grabbed a goal on 41 minutes but Melville denied
him and the keeper did well to block, with his legs, Jamie Hood's
attempt from the rebound.
One of Mossley's rare attempts on the home goal was wasted on 46 minutes
when Patterson seemed to scuff his shot giving saxby an easy save
Straight from the second half whistle Gresley were in the Mossley
area. O'Connor spooned up a shot that was grabbed by the keeper. Two
minutes later after O'Connor had been upended White fired in the resultant
free kick that was well held by the keeper.
On 51 minutes a fine flowing move by Gresley ended with a one-two
between Branch and Barret but didn't get the reward it deserved with
the ball going over the bar from Barrett.
Melville was having an inspired game and had been fully responsible
for keeping the score at just one nil. He again denied O'Connor by
blocking a shot with his legs.
Gresley thought they'd increased their advantage on 55 minutes but
Ejiofor was adjudged to have been offside when he headed the ball
Fox again had a chance to open his account with Gresley two minutes
later but Melville who had been going the wrong way superbly saved
The home side's second goal came on 67 minutes. Ejiofor flicked on
a White corner at the near post and Barrett was on
hand to ram the ball home from close range.
Gresley wrapped the game up on 80 minutes when Ejiofor's good work
on the edge of the box ended with his shot being deflected. Hebberd
was quick to react and hammered the ball home.
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