|Mossley slip to 12th!
Willenhall Town 1 Mossley 0
UniBond League Division One
Saturday 30th October 2004
- 3.00 pm
@ Noose Lane, Willenhall
Referee N. Day
- wind N 5mph
1. Phil Melville (8)
2. Matty Taylor (7)
3. Steve Sheil (7)
4. Dave Brown (cptn) (8)
5. Danny Meadowcroft (9*)
6. Tony Coyne (6)
7. Rhodri Giggs (6)
8. Shaun Dootson (7)
9. Leon Mike (6)
10. Jordan Goodeve (7)
11. John Hore (6)
12. Adam Morning (6) (for Hore 65 mins)
14. Chris Downey (6) (for Coyne 70 mins)
15. Leyton Slack (7) (for Taylor
and spoiling Willenhall team edged Mossley out at Noose Lane this
afternoon as last season's Midland Alliance runners up gained a 1-0
success to climb above Mossley in the table, and leave the Lilywhites
languishing in a disappointing 12th position!
Willenhall's attempt to stifle Mossley with a barrage of long balls
and zealous tackling worked to perfection for the home side as they
dominated territorially in a first half where Mossley failed to get
a grip of the game. Phil Melville, recalled for his first game of
the season, made two smart saves in the first ten minutes to deny
Hay and Edwards but was finally beaten by a lucky goal on 24 minutes.
Matty Taylor's tackle ricocheted into the path of Martin Myers
who placed his shot just inside the right hand post and although Melville
got a hand to it he couldn't keep it out. Mossley were reduced to
half chances throughout as Willenhall's central defenders harassed
Mike and Goodeve out of the game while Dootson and Coyne in midfield
struggled to get the ball and Giggs and Hore in the wide slots also
failed to make an impression. Hore came closest for Mossley when his
acrobatic volley flew wide.
After the break Mossley got on top and controlled most of the half,
but were constantly thwarted by persistent fouling and some over-the-top
time wasting by Willenhall's 'we hold what we have' approach.
Mike had a couple of shots from distance as did Goodeve but Willenhall
keeper Vaughan was barely troubled. The Lilywhites almost snatched
an equaliser when Leyton Slack, re-signed on the day, hammered a great
volley from 18 yards that fizzed into the side netting with Vaughan
well beaten with his first touch after coming on as a substitute.
Mossleyweb Man of the Match:
Danny Meadowcroft...outstanding yet again!
Mossleyweb Verdict: Disappointing performance and result!