5. Watson (cptn)
7. Bourne Y
1. Ian Willcock (7)
2. Jordan Goodeve (7)
3. Andy Thackeray (cptn) (7)
4. Steve Sheil (7)
5. Danny Meadowcroft (7) Y
6. Shaun Dootson (6)
7. Rhodri Giggs (6) Y
8. Josh Howard (8)
9. Leon Mike (7)
10. Chris Downey (7)
11. Adam Morning (8*)
12. Melford Knight (not used)
14. Gavin Salmon (6) (for Mike 69 mins)
15. Mario Daniel (7) (for Giggs 66 mins)
made hard work of seeing off relegated Rocester in sunny Staffordshire
on Saturday but four goals in a 15 minute spell early in the second
half saw off the spirited but limited challenge of the home side who
have infamously failed to win any of their 37 League fixtures thus
Rocester’s attempts at one touch football were easily stifled
by Mossley who looked capable of running up a big score from early
on but as chance after chance went begging against a desperate home
defence it started to look like it might be ‘one of those days’
. Leon Mike in particular could have had a first half hat-trick but
for the intervention of the post and some desperate defending, though
at the other end Rocester’s Carson brought a great save out
of Ian Willcock in a rare home raid
The second half saw Mossley take complete control. The floodgates
opened in the 52nd minute. Mossley won a left wing corner and Adam
Morning’s cross was headed bravely home by Jordan Goodeve amongst
flailing legs at the near post.
The second goal arrived eight minutes later. Andy Thackeray crossed
from the left, Leon Mike controlled the ball with his back to goal,
turned and forced his way past a couple of desperate tackles and crashed
the ball into the top corner.
Goal number three came just 3 minutes later when Morning’s right
wing corner was headed home by Steve Sheil.
The fourth and final goal in the 67th minute was the best of the bunch.
Mike controlled the ball in midfield, fed Morning on the left who
in turn slipped the ball between full back and central defender to
Chris Downey who thundered a terrific 20 yard shot into the top corner.
Mossley eased off the gas and Rocester almost scored from a corner
but Willcock made another superb save to deny Bourne.
Mario Daniel and Gavin Salmon replaced Rhodri Giggs and Leon Mike
and the Mossley subs were involved in a peculiar moment in the 81st
minute. Daniel raced past a couple of defenders in the box only to
be brought down for a penalty. A ridiculous debate then ensued between
Downey, Daniel, Salmon and captain Andy Thackeray as to who should
take the penalty. Salmon finally won the vote, and after crashing
home several spot kicks in the half time warm ups fired the one that
mattered over the bar.
Goodeve (hidden) heads Mossley's opener
crashes home number 2
heads Mossley's third goal
Mossleyweb Man of the Match:
Adam Morning...terrorised his markers
Mossleyweb Verdict: Almost too easy!