Missed chances and an unfortunate injury to keeper Ian Willcock proved
costly for Mossley in front of a 2,000 plus crowd at the New Bucks
Head. Around 150 Mossley fans made the journey to Shropshire and certainly
made their presence known in Telford's modern 'state of the art' stadium
and the team responded with an excellent first half showing.
The big physical home side bouyed by the massed chanting home fans
were quick to launch the ball forward to the giant Kyle Perry, who
proved a handful for the Mossley defence all afternoon and a succession
of headed crosses flew wide or over the bar. Mossley finally got their
passing game together and started
to make inroads into the home defence.
Rhodri Giggs in particular was leading his markers a merry dance.
Leon Mike broke clear on the right and his angled shot flew across
the face of goal with Chris Downey no more than an inch from getting
a contact at the far post. Danny Meadowcroft had a shot blocked and
then he fired the rebound across goal with no-one able to get the
slightest touch it would have needed. At the other end Perry had bounced
a header off the bar and the aeriel route looked Telford's best option
as the referee appeared to look leniently on the home side, awarding
free kicks for the slightest thing while denying Mossley and particularly
Giggs, who was coming in for some harsh treatment, with no protection
whatsoever from the referee.
The problems really began around the 35 minute mark when keeper Ian
Willcock went down in a heap having just completed a clearance.
After lengthy treatment the Mossley stopper was able to continue but
was undoubtedly in some discomfort and it was a relief to the Mossley
following when he re-appeared after the break.
Mossley almost snatched the lead in the first minute of the second
half when Chris Downey broke on the left but after rounding the keeper
he was left with too tight an angle and his shot bounced wide off
the foot of the post.
Telford took the lead from a set piece on 50 minutes when Dean
Courtney headed home from a left wing cross.
Mossley conceded a free kick just outside the box on 62 minutes and
Willcock made a fine save to tip over a well struck shot but the injury
that had caused him distress recurred and he left the field moments
later to be replaced between the sticks by centre half Paul Challinor.
Mossley's defence was forced deeper to protect Challinor but it also
made attacking more difficult and Mossley raids were now few and far
The killer second goal came in the 81st minute when Glenn
Tolley blasted into the top corner after Danny Meadowcroft
had lost a physical battle in the corner with Darren Alexander.
Mossley almost snatched a goal back but substitute Gavin Salmon fired
straight at the keeper when it looked easier to score and as Mossley's
hopes were shattered as Telford climbed into a promotion spot for
the first time in their brief re-formed history.