5. Webster (cptn) Y
1. Phil Melville (7)
2. Matty Taylor (8)
3. Steve Sheil (cptn) (6)
4. Paul Challinor (6)
5. Danny Meadowcroft (6)
6. Tony Coyne (7)
7. Paul Armstrong (7)
8. Jordan Goodeve (7)
9. Mario Daniel (9*)
10. Rhodri Giggs (7)
11. Adam Morning (5) R
12. Anthony Johnson (for Armstrong 68 mins)
14. Leon Mike (not used)
15. Shaun Dootson (for Sheil 52 mins) Y
things are going against you sometimes it feels like an infection
and so it seemed at Warrington today in the first round of the Presidents
Cup. The day started with a near full strength squad to select from.
By lunchtime it was apparent that Chris Downey would be absent through
illness and new signing Barrie Hart's registration wasn't confirmed
Shaun Dootson was involved in a thankfully minor car crash on his
way to the game and his arrival was delayed until near half time,
by five minutes into the second half Mossley had lost the entire left
wing with Steve Sheil leaving the field injured and Adam Morning ridiculously
sent off for an insignificant and trivial offence and finally Mario
Daniel, without a goal since the season's opening day, scored a hat-trick
and still finished on the losing side.
The game itself began well for Mossley and the Lilywhites aquited
themselves well on what was a quagmire of a pitch. The Cantilever
Park surface was in poor condition at kick off and by early in the
game had turned from mostly grass and sand to a dark brown colour
more suited to the much maligned sport of mud wrestling.
Mario Daniel and Rhodri Giggs movement up front caused Warrington's
central defence much consternation while Adam Morning and Paul Armstrong
were doing well on the wings. The defence looked secure and Warrington
were limited to hopeful long range shots throughout the half. Mossley
went close when Armstrong had an effort cleared off the line and then
the same player headed narrowly over. Mossley then took the lead on
16 minutes. Matty Taylor's through ball was missed completely by Warrington
centre half Webster and keeper Flood leaving the chasing Mario
Daniel the easiest task of rolling the ball into an empty
net. Rhodri Giggs had a 20 yard drive tipped onto the bar by Flood
and Jordan Goodeve shot narrowly wide as Mossley finished the half
The second half started badly however, when Graeme Mitchell
scored with a tap in after the Mossley defence were momentarily
static. Worse was to follow for Mossley as Sheil left the field injured
and then Morning was dismissed for swearing at no-one in particular
and Mossley were suddenly down to ten men and on the back foot for
the first time in the game with Tony Coyne and Rhodri Giggs as the
new left side pairing. Even worse was to follow as Paul Latham
put Warrington ahead on 62 minutes with a fine 25 yard drive and four
minutes later the same player scored a well worked second.
Mossley didn't give up the ghost though and Mario Daniel reduced
the arrears nine minutes from time when he drove home through a crowded
box. But, as Mossley pushed forward in an attempt to force an equaliser
Warrington broke away down the understrength right wing and Graeme
Mitchell chipped Melville to give the home side a highly
flattering 4-2 lead.
Mario Daniel then completed his unlikely hat-trick
when Flood allowed his shot from 18 yards to slip under his body and
give Mossley renewed hope, but, with only 4 minutes remaining.
In the very next attack Matty Taylor made a great mazy run down the
right and his cross was perfect for Giggs to score but unfortunately
Daniel came accross in front of him and headed wide from a more difficult
The game ended with the referee, who had been poor all afternoon,
being surrounded by Mossley players and management at what felt like
a great injustice!
rolls the ball into an empty net after Warrington keeper Flood missed
rifles home his second...
Mossleyweb Man of the Match:
Mario Daniel...deserved his treble
for all the hard work!
Mossleyweb Verdict: Poor refereeing changed the game!