Mossley get mugged again
Mossley 0 AFC Telford United 1
UniBond League Division One
Saturday 19th March 2005 - 3.00 pm
@ Seel Park, Mossley
Attendance 476

15C - wind SW 5mph

1. Lee Bracey (5)
2. Andy Thackeray (8)
3. Barrie Hart (6)
4. Paul Challinor (cptn) (8)
5. Danny Meadowcroft (7)
6. Melford Knight (8*)
7. Jordan Goodeve (6)
8. Josh Howard (6)
9. Rhodri Giggs (7)
10. Chris Downey (5)
11. Adam Morning (8)
12. Leon Mike (6) for Meadowcroft 75 mins)
14. Shaun Dootson (not used)
15. Mario Daniel (7) (for Howard 70 mins)

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

Mossley again shot themselves in the foot after failing to score for a third successive home game against promotion favourites AFC Telford United in front of Seel Park's biggest crowd of the season of 476.

Both sides opened at a high tempo but Mossley did their cause no good at all as early as the seventh minute when an error and a defensive misunderstanding gave Darren Alexander a simple tap in. A high ball down the right wing saw Barrie Hart initially miss his headewr and thenm recover only to see his weak header intercepted with keeper Bracey rooted Alexander was left to score an easy goal.

As the half wore Mossley began to impose themelves on the game. Man of the match Melford Knight headed inches wide and then a superb counter attack saw Adam Morning's fine through ball find Rhodri Giggs who drew keeper Brock before chipping over him only to see his effort hit the side-netting. As with many other visitors to Seel Park this season the visitors adopted a defence first approach and what had begun as a 3-5-2 formation quickly bacame 5-3-2 and Telford resorted to keeping the single goal lead without exerting themselves as an attacking force and failed to trouble Bracey again until late in the game.

Mossley's best chances of an equaliser came in the second half when Giggs met Morning's cross only to see his goal-bound effort superbly saved by Brock at point blank range and then substitute Leon Mike struck the foot of the post from an awkward angle. Telford did well to play keep ball in the corners as the game moved into stoppage time and prevented Mossley from creating any late chances to earn the point their overall display undoubtedly warranted but the current lack of goals must surely be a worry to Jason Beckford.


Mossleyweb Man of the Match: Melford Knight
Mossleyweb Verdict: Where have all the goals gone?