|Rhodri double does the trick!
Mossley 3 Spalding United 1
UniBond League Division One
Saturday 29th January 2005 - 3.00 pm
@ Seel Park, Mossley
- wind N 5mph
1. Lee Bracey (7)
2. Matty Taylor (6)
3. Barrie Hart (7)
4. Paul Challinor (ctn) (7) Y
5. Danny Meadowcroft (8)
6. Melford Knight (7)
7. Mario Daniel (7)
8. Jordan Goodeve (8)
9. Leon Mike (7)
10. Rhodri Giggs (9*)
11. Adam Morning (6)
12. Gavin Salmon (7) (for Mike 70 mins)
14. Anthony Johnson (not used)
15. Steve Sheil (for Morning 77 mins)
With the Seel Park pitch in a very heavy condition Mossley battled
to an encouraging 3-1 victory over Lincolnshire side Spalding United.
Spalding, unlike many of their contemporaries came looking for 3 points
and with an attack minded line up set about Mossley from the kick
off with the returning Lee Bracey soon in the action denying the lively
Andy Stanhope. However, with their first meaningful attack of the
game the Lilywhites took a 6th minute lead. Mario Daniel made a fine
surging run down the right and his low cross was fired home at the
second attempt by home debutant Melford Knight from
Spalding bounced back and Bracey made a fine diving save to deny Nimmo
as Mossley were forced to soak up pressure and play on the break.
Unfortunately for Mossley the final ball was poor and so some good
approach play was ruined too often by misplaced crosses.
Two minutes before the break Mossley doubled their advantage. Jordan
Goodeve's perfect through ball found Rhodri Giggs
who camly lobbed the advancing keeper from the edge of the box and
the ball dropped from the sky to bounce on the line and up into the
roof of the net.
2-0 up and in cruise control Mossley were happy to soak up Spalding
pressure in the second half and the visitors were unable to trouble
Lee Bracey despite Mossley becoming increasingly bogged down in the
Seel Park mud as the visitors enjoyed long spells of possession.
Spalding gave themselves a brief glimmer of hope when Matt
Oswin rifled a 20 yard screamer into the top corner beyond
Bracey on 68 minutes but the Lilywhites retsored the advantage straight
from the kick off. Paul Challinor's speculative through ball was controlled
brilliantly by Rhodri Giggs who then drew the keeper
before curling the ball beyond his reach and wrap up the points for
Stanhope's attempted chip bounced off the top of Mossley's bar and
at the other end Mario Daniel had a goalbound shot blocked and Giggs
fired wide when searching for his hat-trick, but it was in the end
a comfortable win for Mossley despite Spalding dominating possession
in the second half.
Knight rifles home Mossley's 6th minute opener
Giggs lobs home the second goal
Mossleyweb Man of the Match:
Rhodri Giggs...another top performance and two great
Mossleyweb Verdict: Mud glorious mud!