1. Ian Willcock
2. Andy Thackeray (cptn)
3. Barrie Hart
4. Steve Sheil
5. Danny Meadowcroft
6. Melford Knight
7. Jordan Goodeve
8. Josh Howard
9. Rhodri Giggs
10. Chris Downey
11. Adam Morning
12. Leon Mike (for Giggs 82 mins)
14. Shaun Dootson (for Hart 61 mins)
15. Gavin Salmon
(for Knight 78 mins)
Mossley finally recorded their first win since January with a comprehensive
victory against Ossett Albion. The game started with Mossley pushing
forward and Chris Downey had a great chance in the opening five minutes
but he shot wide.
Ossett appeared to be struggling at the back as Mossley passed around
the host’s backline, and the opening goal arrived in the 8th.minute
when neat approach work from Downey released Rhodri Giggs
who shot past Mick Clark to give the Lilywhites a deserved lead.
Ossett had given Mossley a couple of tough games during the autumn
and they showed their intent as they came back at Mossley and Dave
Dickinson shot narrowly wide as Ossett pushed for the equalizer.
The direct play from Ossett was giving the Mossley defence a big test
which they were standing up to. This was particularly so when Ossett
were awarded an indirect free kick which was passed to Richard Stack
whose fierce shot was well blocked.
Mossley were pushing forward with intent and came close to netting
a second, but it seemed they would have to be happy with a one goal
interval lead until the game totally swung in their favour just before
the break. In the 44th.minute, a deep corner from Adam Morning created
havoc as Ossett failed to clear their lines, and Melford Knight
forced the ball home at the far post.
The game seemed as good as over in the 45th.minute, when Knight put
Giggs through who calmly lobbed the advancing goalkeeper.
Ossett even had a chance to pull one back on the stroke of half time
but Barrie Hart headed off the line.
Ossett pushed forward after the break to try and force their way back
into the game, but the Mossley rearguard was performing a great job
and stood firm as the aerial bombardment arrived.
Chris Downey came close to adding a fourth goal as a curling effort
went wide, and Steve Sheil headed narrowly wide after a corner. Adam
Morning was providing great width down the flank, and he was harshly
adjudged offside which resulted in his effort being disallowed.
Josh Howard was starting to look more like his old self and he had
a shot deflected onto the bar after some neat footwork, despite his
boot falling off. Giggs had a good chance to net a hat-trick but his
header flew straight at Clark in the Ossett goal.
The fourth goal finally arrived when substitute Gavin Salmon laid
the ball off for Josh Howard who drove the ball home.
Ossett netted a consolation goal when Sean Hazlelden
headed home at the far post. It looked like Mossley would have the
chance to net a fifth goal when Adam Morning was clipped as he went
round the goalkeeper, but the referee felt there was no contact. This
was a much better performance which netted a deserved three points.
report courtesy of www.mossleymania.co.uk
Giggs fires home the opener
Knight heads home the second
Giggs delicately lobs the third!
Mossleyweb Man of the Match:
Melford Knight .
. . another powerful performance
Mossleyweb Verdict: Goal drout over