1. Lee Barcey (8)
2. Matty Taylor (7)
3. Barrie Hart (8) Y
4. Paul Challinor (8)
5. Danny Meadowcroft (8)
6. Jordan Goodeve (7)
7. Rhodri Giggs (9*) Y
8. Shaun Dootson (7) Y
9. Leon Mike (7)
10. Chris Downey (8)
11. Adam Morning (6)
12. Mario Daniel (7) (for Morning 71 mins)
14. Gavin Salmon (not used)
15. Steve Sheil (for Taylor 75 mins)
Mossley came face to face with an aerial bombardment of extreme proportions
as Willenhall Town came with the crudest tactics seen at Seel Park
this season, including long ball teams like Ossett and Brigg.
Long ball after long ball dropped into Mossley's penalty area as Willenhall
hoofed the ball upfield with total abandon while their front two of
Quilt and Hay made a huge nuisance of themselves as the Lilywhites
manfully fought off their greatest physical challenge to date. Willenhall
keeper Nathan Vaughan, who hardly endeared himself to Mossley's fans
in the game at Willenhall, was key to most Willenhall attacks as his
huge kicks put Challinor and Meadowcroft under pressure.
Mossley had struck first though. Chris Downey escaping his marker
and crossing for Leon Mike to score with a back header
that looped over Vaughan from 10 yards. Mossley looked the more dangerous
side for the next 20 minutes. Rhodri Giggs almost scored a second
following a flowing move involving Mike and Downey but his effort
hit the right hand post. Vaughan then did well to hold on to Barrie
Hart's fierce free kick.
Willenhall's equaliser came in the 38th minute. A corner from the
right was somehow squeezed home by Gary Hay as several Willenhall
players converged on Bracey as the ball came across.
The second half saw WIllenhall take their aeriel bombardment to new
extremes making it difficult for Mossley to get the ball down and
play. The visitors took the lead following another right wing set
piece as Mossley failed to clear their lines and Gary Hay
scored his second as he drove through a crowded area in the
Lee Bracey made a fantastic save to deny Quilt's header but Mossley
were still very much in the hunt as play switched from end to end
at speed, becoming more stretched and deserved the equaliser in the
64th minute. Substitute Mario Daniel made a typically tricky run down
the right leaving two attempted tacklers on the floor and fired in
a dangerous cross that Vaughan couldn't hold and Chris Downey
was first to react to score a poacher's goal! Downey was then blown
off-side as he hit the net a second time although Daniel's cross appeared
to have been pulled back.
The more notable thing about the 2nd half was the 23 fouls awarded.
20 of them in Willenhall's favour despite the fact that the visitors
were by far the more physical side! The referee left the field a less
than popular figure but in the end both sides would probably be fairly
happy with a draw!
back header gives Mossley the early lead
(partially hidden) volleys home the equaliser
Mossleyweb Man of the Match:
Rhodri Giggs...another outstanding
Mossleyweb Verdict: X rated!