The Circus Is Back In Town

Ahhh... the excitement of a new season in a new league. New places to visit, new friends to meet, new rivalries to begin and lots of other new things to precede with the word new. With all the hope and optimism this brings what could possibly go and spoil it?

Well, how about starting the campaign against a team you've never beaten in a competitive fixture?

Mossley first met Ilkeston Town in December 2004 at Seel Park when the visitors went away with a relatively comfortable 2-0 win, though it wasn't without its moments of controversy. The return fixture in April 2005 saw Ilkeston do the double over Mossley despite Jordan Goodeve giving the Lilywhites the perfect start with a third minute goal. However the Robins drew level almost immediately and eventually claimed all three points with a last minute goal.

Despite being in different leagues both sides met again last season thanks to the League Cup. Once again it was another fruitless visit to Derbyshire for the Lilywhites with the home team ambling to a 1-0 win in a game memorable only for the… no, my mistake, there was nothing memorable at all.

None of the above harbours much hope for the men in white shirts but a look at the current form guide tells a different story:


So there you go, we're going into the game pretty evenly.

Add to that the fact that recently Mossley have started the season in phenomenal goalscoring form. Over the last three years the opening day fixture has seen Mossley score eighteen goals whilst conceding five (6 - 4 vs. Warrington, 5 - 1 vs. Rocester, 7 - 0 vs. Ossett Albion). Working on averages we should be looking at a 6 - 1.6666 win and I don't know about you but I'm looking forawrd to seeing that 0.6 recurring effort.

Failing that I'd be more than happy with a draw.