Gresley Rovers 3 Mossley 0
UniBond League Division One
Saturday 11th December 2004 - 3.00 pm
@ The Moat Ground, Swadlincote
Referee M.Naylor
Attendance 309

7C - wind S/SE 5mph

Gresley Rovers
1. Saxby
2. Branch
3. White
4. Simpson
5. Hood
6. Dodd
7. Hebberd
8. Barrett
9. Ejiofor
10. O'Connor
11. Fox
12. Gummer
14. Marlowe
15. Taylor

Mossley
1. Phil Melville (9*)
2. Alex Lord (6) Y
3. Dominic Studley (7)
4. Steve Sheil (cptn) (7)
5. Paul Armstrong (4)
6. Jordan Goodeve (8)
7. Matty Taylor (-)
8. Shaun Dootson (6)
9. Rory Patterson (6)
10. Chris Downey (7)
11. Adam Morning (6)
12. Tony Coyne (6) (for Taylor 27 mins)
14. Mario Daniel (-) (for Armstrong 78 mins)
15. Leyton Slack (not used)

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 to make.
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 home.
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 his header.
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.

match report courtesy of www.gresleyrovers.com


 

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Mossleyweb Man of the Match: Phil Melville...kept the score down with some great saves!
Mossleyweb Verdict: Desperate!