Match Report: Prescot Cables 1-2 Mossley
Saturday 22 November 2014
Evo-Stik Division One North
Prescot Cables 1-2 Mossley
Match report by Richard Quinn
Prescot Cables got off to a flying start, scoring inside the first minute, but they failed to capitalise on further chances and eventually lost to Mossley at Hope Street by the odd goal in three in an entertaining contest.
Manager Neil Price made five changes from the side which had lost at Bamber Bridge the previous week, with Phillips, Prince, Whitehall, Corlett and Bootham replacing Mawdsley, McLaughlin, Bannister, Edgar and (Callum) Gardener.
Cables kicked off playing towards the Hope Street End and took the lead inside the first minute. Cables were awarded a free kick on the left for a foul on Whitehall. Ryan took the free kick, which was cleared by the Mossley defence as far as the edge of the penalty area, and it fell nicely for Neil Prince to smash the ball into the net from 18 yards.
It was just the start Cables needed, and they continued to push forward as they sought to increase their lead.
However, it was Mossley who created the next scoring opportunity, when they were awarded a free kick, taken by Nuttall, which was headed out for a corner. From the corner, Keogh’s header was cleared off the goal line by Andy Griffiths.
Cables were awarded another free kick after Neil Prince was fouled. Prince took the free kick himself, finding Jonah O’Reilly on the right side of the penalty area, who hit his shot wide of goal.
Jack Phillips, who was proving a threat on the right side for Cables, played a nice ball over the top of the Mossley defence for Whitehall to run on to, but he was ruled offside.
Cables then had a sustained spell of pressure, forcing several corners in quick succession. From one of these, Prince passed to Corlett inside the penalty area, and he just lost control of the ball as he prepared to shoot. Mossley keeper Farrimond was alert and picked the ball off his feet.
A long cross from Mattthews was well held by Quinn in the Cables goal, as Mossley made one of their rare excursions into the Cables half.
Cables then created four good scoring opportunities, which they failed to take advantage of.
Whitehall beat the offside trap, his first shot being saved by the keeper, and he hit the side netting from the rebound.
Bootham then tried his hand taking a pass from Phillips and shooting just wide from outside the box. Phillips then chested the ball down and hit his shot just wide of the far post.
Mason Ryan then broke down the left side, and he found Sam Corlett with a nice pass, who again shot just wide of the target.
On 27 minutes, Mossley equalised when, after a quick break down the right ,Matthew’s low cross was met at the far post by Lewis Nuttall, who scored from close range. Cables responded and had an appeal for a penalty for hand ball turned down by the referee.
Mossley keeper Farrimond then made two fine saves from Whitehall and Bootham. Jack Phillips then tried to bend a shot into the far corner, but it sailed just wide of the post.
Jamie McCulloch came to Cables’ rescue with a great tackle on Robinson, putting the ball out for a throw-in. As the first half drew to a close, Mossley were awarded a free kick just outside the Cables penalty area. The free kick, taken by Matty Cross, beat the wall but went just over the cross bar.
Mossley began the second half as Cables had in the first half, by scoring in the first minute. A long ball to the far post was knocked across the face of the goal by Matthews, and Robinson was waiting to score from point blank range.
Cables responded with Jack Phillips cutting in from the right and passing inside to Whitehall, who shot wide of the far post.
On 55 minutes, Cables forced a corner, which Prince took, playing the ball to Bootham on the edge of the box, whose shot was blocked by the Mossley defence.
A speculative chip shot by Mossley’s Nuttall went just over the bar as they broke quickly on the counter-attack.
Mossley made their first change, Matty Purcell replacing Lewis Nuttall, who had had a fine game for Mossley.
Cables keeper Tom Quinn came out of his penalty area to deal with a long ball and kicked it out for a throw-in. From the throw-in, Quinn held the cross and cleared the danger.
On 71 minutes Mossley made their second change, Marie replacing Barrow, and Cables their first, James Gardner replacing Sam Corlett.
A long ball for Whitehall to run onto was hit against him by Farrimond, in an attempt to clear, and the ball rebounded away from him and was cleared by a Mossley defender.
With time running out, Cables made their second change, Callum Gardener replacing Neil Prince. Cables were awarded a free kick just outside the Mossley penalty area, but Gardner’s shot was blocked.
Prescot Cables: Quinn, Griffiths, Ryan, McCulloch, O’Reilly, Evans, Phillips, Prince, Whitehall, Corlett, Bootham. Substitutes: C Gardener, J Gardner, Dodd, Golding, Gibson.
Mossley: Farrimond, Barrow, Bennett, Cross, Granite, McConigle, Hevingham, Nuttall, Robinson. Keogh, Matthews. Substitutes: Fish, Carroll, Marie, McDonnell, Purcell.