Telford 2 tough!
AFC Telford United 2 Mossley 0
UniBond League Division One
Saturday 16th April 2005 - 3.00 pm
@ New Bucks Head, Telford
Referee P.A.Carswell
Attendance 2,014

10C - wind W 8mph

AFC Telford United
1. Brock
2. Andrewarthur
3. Craven
4. Courtney
5. Howarth
6. Cudworth
7. Parrish
8. Tolley
9. Perry
10. Charrie
11. Jordan
12. Carter
14. Alexander
15. Drysdale

Mossley
1. Ian Willcock (7)
2. Jordan Goodeve (7)
3. Andy Thackeray (cptn) (9*)
4. Steve Sheil (8)
5. Danny Meadowcroft (7)
6. Melford Knight (7)
7. Rhodri Giggs (8)
8. Josh Howard (6)
9. Leon Mike (6)
10. Chris Downey (7)
11. Adam Morning (6)
12. Paul Challinor (7) (for Willcock 62 mins)
14. Gavin Salmon (6) (for Mike 69 mins)
15. Mario Daniel (not used
)


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 between.
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.

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Mossleyweb Verdict: Missed chances proved costly!