Fleetwood Are Coming!

With three weeks left till the end of the 06/07 Unibond League campaign it seems strange to be meeting a side for the first time when there's points at stake, but thanks to February's postponement that's what Mossley and Fleetwood Town will be doing this Friday.

Of course both sides have already met this season in the League Cup - Town running out 2-1 winners last November with Chris Ward grabbing Mossley's goal from the penalty spot. That takes you back doesn't it? Scoring from a penalty...

Last year a Nathan Pond goal separated the two sides at Seel Park in what was a relatively hot tempered affair. On the pitch at least. Off it there was another display of the camaraderie that has built up between the two sets of supporters over the last few years. I was going to go into some lengthy pondering as to why this has happened but the big question should be: why doesn't it happen more often at non league level? Anyway, I hope the Fish Battalion enjoy (but not really enjoy) what could be their last visit to Seel Park for some time.

In Mossley's last two wins, one of the officials has come from the town of the team we were to play.

Fingers crossed that one of the men (or women) in black on Friday has had to beat the Bank Holiday traffic on their way down from Kendal.

After a mid-season dip in form Fleetwood have rediscovered the winning habit and are currently making a late push for a play-off spot. In fact with the teams at the top finding new ways to shoot themselves in the foot with every passing game, there's an outside chance that Town could claim automatic promotion. Let's not forget that they did it last year when the odds seemed against them. This time round however Mossley stand in the way: twice! No... don't laugh, I'm serious.

Fleetwood enter the game on the back of a twelve match unbeaten run and are currently the second best team in the league on form (fourteen points out of a possible eighteen) but what doesn't make good reading for Mossley fans are the teams either side of them - Gateshead and Guiseley, two teams who've stuck nine goals past the Lilywhite's in the last month.

Mossley on the other hand have recently rediscovered how to win home matches after a barren five month spell without one. Unfortunately as there's no one left to play in the bottom four (with the possible exception of Kendal) we'll have to hope that beating good teams is next on the list of 'things we have to learn to do very soon'.

Prediction: An apple-cart upsetting win for the Lilywhite's.

No, I'm not on any form of medication.


Mike Smith said...
12:34 am

Fleetwood - aaargh.

Might have to bite the bullet on Good Friday.....remember, you read it first here on Mossley 80 !!