Home goal drought is over!
Mossley 2 Stocksbridge Park Steels 0
UniBond League Division One
Thursday 31st March 2005 - 7.45 pm
@ Seel Park, Mossley
Attendance 166

12C - wind S 8mph

1. Ian Willcock (7)
2. Andy Thackeray (7)
3. Steve Sheil (8) Y
4. Paul Challinor (cptn) (7)
5. Danny Meadowcroft (7) Y
6. Jordan Goodeve (8)
7. Rhodri Giggs (9*)
8. Josh Howard (7)
9. Leon Mike (7)
10. Chris Downey (7) Y
11. Adam Morning (8)
12. Shaun Dootson (6)
14. Gavin Salmon (7)
15. Mario Daniel (7)

Stocksbridge Park Steels
1. Poulter
2. A.Smith
3. Lowe
4. Hawes Y
5. Schofield
6. Middleton
7. Lavender
8. C.Smith
9. Bates
10. Hannah
11. Riley
12. Kerry
14. Knights

Mossley finally ended their home goal drought with this 2-0 victory over Stocksbridge at Seel Park after surviving a first minute penalty!

The game was less than a minute old when Danny Meadowcroft tangled with Stocksbridge striker Ross Hannah and the referee surprisingly pointed to the spot and brandished a yellow card in Meadowcroft’s direction. Hannah took the spot kick himself only to see Ian Willcock dive to his left to make a fine save and then gather the ball at the second attempt.

Mossley eased their way into the game and Leon Mike was unlucky to see his effort come back off the post before the home goal drought ended in unlikely fashion in the 20th minute.

Stocksbridge defender Andy Smith crashed the ball past his own keeper from the edge of the box in trying to prevent Chris Downey’s pass reaching Josh Howard.

The Lilywhites were rarely troubled by the visitors who failed to find an on target shot throughout the remainder of the game while Mossley, not as fluent as at Clitheroe three days earlier, were in almost complete control of the game nonetheless.

The match clinching goal came in the 54th minute. Mossley earned a corner on the right, Adam Morning swung in a great flag kick which Danny Meadowcroft met in full flight to crash home a superb header and ensure maximum points went the Lilywhites way.

Highlight of the game was undoubtedly Rhodri Giggs joyous torturing of his markers as the in form Mossley winger had an extraordinarily good game.


Stocksbridge player SMith blasts the ball past his own keeper



Danny Meadowcroft heads Mossley's second goal


Mossleyweb Man of the Match: Rhodri Giggs . . . absolutely outstanding
Mossleyweb Verdict: A home win has never been more welcome!