Tuesday January 11th
A superb striker by John Cunliffe and a penalty four minutes into time added on edged Mossley out and moved the Magpies to within a point of league leaders Chester.
Chorley dictated play for long periods of the first half, but Mossley still had their chances. Aaron Grundy, back in action after illness, blocked one chance on the edge of the box and tipped another round the post in the early stages.Tom Walker hurried a shot and sliced it wide and Cunliffe, who was the liveliest of the Chorley attackers, had a shot from the edge of the box touched out for a corner.
Defender Mark Ross had two attempts as goal as the Magpies upped the pressure, and ex-Magpie Peter Collinge saved another Cunliffe attempt.
The opening goal came five minutes before half time. Steve Flitcroft won the ball in midfield and set Cunliffe through on goal. The striker confidently advanced toward the keeper, clear of the defence. He had time to look around and spotted Mark Houghton supporting, and could have drawn the keeper out and squared to his striker partner for an open goal, but instead, 18 yards out he slammed an unstoppable shot beyond Collinge’s reach into the top of the net.
After the Magpies had the better of the opening 45 minutes, then Mossley shaded the exchanges for the next 45 and levelled the score on 51 minutes when Ben Richardson’s shot on the break deflected in off defender Mark Ross.Dale Whitham had a chance for the Magpies, but Collinge easily saved, and Ross was unlucky seeing a shot across the goal cleared off the line.
Going into the final minutes neither side looked to have the killer touch in front of goal, but neither defence looked 100% certain to keep all chances out.
Two minutes into injury time Tom Ince crossed into the box for some reason only known to himself Mossley defender Hare attempted to trap at his knee height, using both arms to guard!
Mossley players twice kicked the ball off the penalty spot while the referee dealt with the offender and several complaints from visitors, yet Jordan Stepien, calmly stepped up to send Collinge the wrong way to earn a vital three points.
Starting XI: Aaron Grundy, Lee Woodyatt, Tom Walker, Mark Ross, Andy Russell, Jamie Vermiglio, Dale Whitham, Steve Flitcroft, Mark Houghton, John Cunliffe, Tom Ince
Subs: Jordan Stepien (Vermiglio, 87) Shelton Payne, Jerome Fitzgerald, Jack Dorney (Houghton, 65), Nathan Fairhurst
Goals: JOHN CUNLIFFE (40), Ben Richardson (51), JORDAN STEPIEN (90+4 PEN)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Tom Walker, a model of consistency all season.