|Mossley edge nine goal thriller!
Mossley 5 Rossendale United 4
UniBond League Division One
Tuesday 19th October 2004 - 7.45 pm
@ Seel Park, Mossley
5°C - wind S/SW 6mph
1. Matthew Taylor (7)
2. Matty Taylor (7)
3. John Hore (7)
4. Steve Sheil (6)
5. Danny Meadowcroft (7)
6. Tony Coyne (7)
7. Rhodri Giggs (7)
8. Shaun Dootson (7) Y
9. Leon Mike (8*)
10. Chris Downey (7)
11. Jordan Goodeve (7)
12. Adam Morning (7) (for Goodeve 75 mins)
14. Mario Daniel (for Mike 84 mins)
15. Dave Brown (6) (for Sheil 65 mins)
made hard work indeed of completing an early season 'double' over
Rossendale United at Seel Park on Tuesday night. Finally edging out
the plucky visitors by the odd goal in nine.
Rossendale with former Mossley understudy keeper Mark Molyneaux installed
as manager were keen to cause an upset and caused problems all night
with a barrage of deep crosses and a shoot on sight policy!
With goalkeeper Lee Bracey a late withdrawal after a freak domestic
accident, 19 year old local keeper Matthew Taylor was called in as
a late replacement and he made a couple of confident early saves before
Mossley took the lead in the 33rd minute with a typical Leon
Mike solo effort. Mossley's big number 9 confidently fending
off several challenges before finishing with aplomb from 20 yards.
Seven minutes later though and the Stags were level. Dean
Cooper finishing off a neat move down the right.
Mossley's response was instant as within a minute Leon Mike set up
Rhodri Giggs who drilled the ball into the bottom
corner with an 18 yard angled shot from the right.
Dean Cooper scored his second and Rossendale's second
equaliser five minutes before the break. This after Jamie Baguley
had seen his twice taken free kick bounce off the bar.
Twelve minutes after the break and Mossley took the lead for the third
time when Steve Sheil powerfully headed home Jordan
Goodeve's left wing corner.
Amazingly, Mossley's defensive frailties showed up again as Bradley
Clegg headed home from a corner in the 62nd minute and then
Stuart Tulloch reacted quickest to give Rossendale
the lead for the first time on the night after Taylor had parried
Cooper's 20 yarder just three minutes later.
Mossley weren't finished though and Leon Mike made the space to set
up Chris Downey who finished well right footed with
14 minutes remaining for his 10th goal of the season.
A maddeningly end to end game was wrapped up by man of the match Leon
Mike who held off several challenges with great strength
and some tricky footwork before finishing superbly past his former
team-mate Molyneaux. Leon now joining Chris Downey on ten goals for
Mossley are always a threat going forward, but with Paul Taylor and
loan signing Paul Murphy both injured and Dave Brown not fully match
fit there were obvious problems in defence that need to be quickly
eradicated if Mossley are to push for the top six finish that the
management and fans so crave!
Mike prepares to strike Mossley's first goal
Giggs restores Mossley's lead
Sheil heads Mossley 3-2 ahead
Downey scores Mossley's equaliser to make it 4-4
Mike strokes home Mossley's winner
Mossleyweb Man of the Match:
Leon Mike...two brilliantly taken goals!
Mossleyweb Verdict: Three points is three points!