10. Jenkins Y
1. Lee Bracey (5) Y
2. Andy Thackeray (7)
3. Steve Sheil (7)
4. Paul Challinor (cptn) (7) Y
5. Danny Meadowcroft (7) Y
6. Melford Knight (6)
7. Rhodri Giggs (7) Y
8. Josh Howard (6)
9. Jordan Goodeve (8*)
10. Chris Downey (7)
11. Adam Morning (6)
12. Leon Mike (for Thackeray 45 mins)
14. Gavin Salmon (not used)
15. Mario Daniel (not used)
Mossley can feel somewhat hard done by in going down 2-1 at promotion
chasing Ilkeston Town and leavbing a severe dent in the Lilywhitess
increasingly slim play off hopes.
The game couldn't have started any better for the visitors as in only
the fourth minute a raking ball down the right by Danny Meadowcroft
found Rhodri Giggs in space and his inch perfect cross was powerfully
headed home by Jordan Goodeve, making a surprise
appearance in the number 9 shirt.
Chris Downey then had a half chance to double the lead before Ilkeston
equalised with their first attack in the 7th minute. Lee Bracey mis-timed
a punch and Justin Jenkins was on hand to score from
With both teams desperate to win the game was stretched from very
early as attacks swung from end to end. Downey was unlucky on more
than one occasion while Jenkins and Goddard were a handful for the
Leon Mike replaced the injured Andy Thackeray at the interval with
the outstatnding Goodeve switching to right back and Mike had three
good chances to put Mossley ahead. The keeper saved at point blank
range when Mike seemed a certain scorer very early in the half, he
then fired wide from a good position and failed to get power in a
header when he looked a certain scorer from Adam Morning's raking
left wing cross.
Rhodri Giggs was having plenty of joy on the right but the home side's
increasingly desperate defence was somehow hanging on.
Late in the game Chris Downey was hauled back for a certain penalty
right under the referee's nose with the right decision not given and
then with the minutes ticking by Melford Knight had a great chance
when the ball came back to him but his shot through a crowded defence
flew narrowly wide.
Then came the sucker punch just two minutes from time. From the resulting
goal-kick their was a definate hand-ball by an Ilkeston player in
midfield but the ball somehow ended up in the Mossley area and Bracey
again flapped at a cross and Justin Jenkins was in
the right place to volley the winner into the roof of the net from
Mossley still weren't for capitulating and a late corner caused havoc
in the Ilkeston box but the home side clung on to consolidate in the
play-off's while Mossley are now dependant on Eastwood Town dropping
points in their remaining games to keep alive any hope of a top six
Mossleyweb Man of the Match:
Jordan Goodeve . . . even major
positional switch didn't put him off his game!
Mossleyweb Verdict: Rub of the green - zero!