|Almost...but not quite!
Mossley 1 North Ferriby United 2
UniBond League Division One
Saturday 30th April 2005 -
@ Seel Park, Mossley
- wind S 7mph
1. Lee Bracey (8)
2. Jordan Goodeve (8*)
3. Andy Thackeray (8)
4. Paul Challinor (cptn) (8)
5. Steve Sheil (8)
6. Melford Knight (7) YYR
7. Rhodri Giggs (7)
8. Josh Howard (7)
9. Leon Mike (7)
10. Chris Downey (8)
11. Adam Morning (7)
12. Gavin Salmon (for Thackeray 84 mins)
14. Mario Daniel (for Mike 76 mins)
15. Ian WIllcock (not used)
10. Bradshaw (cptn)
12. Gowan Y
Mossley needed maximum points from their final League game of the
season in order to take 6th place in the table and thus qualify for
the promotion play-offs.
Unfortunately the Lilywhites opponents were champions elect North
Ferriby United who arrived for their first ever visit to Seel Park
seeking the point they needed to secure the title and automatic promotion.
That they achieved their aim was the result of two extraordinary refereeing
decisions, Ferriby leading scorer Gary Bradshaw's clinical finishing
and Mossley's inability to capitalise on their own few clear chances.
The game was stretched from very early with both sides going all out
to secure the required points. It was the visitors however, who took
a contentious 15th minute lead. As the ball was crossed into the Mossley
box Bradshaw clearly pushed Paul Challinor under
the ball and then handled as the ball dropped before firing past the
stranded Lee Bracey.
Rough justice on the home side who then forced the pace for the remainder
of the half.
Melford Knight spurned a great chance to bring Mossley level firing
over from a great position while Chris Downey, Leon Mike and Josh
Howard all found the safe hands of Ferriby keeper Paul Sharp.
Mossley finally got the equaliser their pressure deserved just a minute
before the break. Steve Sheil headed down to Downey who instinctively
back heeled the ball which rebounded at an angle off the post for
Rhodri Giggs to fire home.
It could have been the catalist for Mossley to take control in the
second half but it never materialised.
Leon Mike fired a header off the bar from Morning's left wing cross
but he left the field a few minutes later with a knee injury and Mossley
were held by a solid Ferriby defence and a linesman intent on flagging
offside every time the Lilywhites attacked. On the one instance that
Mossley did break through again they found themselves inadvertantly
setting up the soon to be crowned champions winning goal.
Rhodri Giggs chased a lost cause into the corner, shook himself free
of a poor challenge on the dead ball line and was just about to pull
the ball back for a shot when the referee interceded and awarded Mossley
a free kick on the dead-ball line inches outside the box. Rough justice
indeed, especially so as Morning's free kick was cleared quickly and
Fothergill fed Bradshaw in a suspiciously off-side
position and the 38 goal hit man made it 39 after out-pacing Andy
Ferriby held the ball in the corner in the dying moments and Melford
Knight's frustration boiled over and he was given a quick double yellow
card followed by the inevitable red by the referee to rub salt in
commiserate with each other after the disappointment of not quite reaching
enjoy their championship moment
Mossleyweb Man of the Match:
Jordan Goodeve...another excellent
Mossleyweb Verdict: A higher League placing wasn't lost today!