Wind. Rain. Moors. Heathcliff?

Due to time constraints this is going to be a quick preview so less waffle, more salient points. Hopefully.

Should the inclement weather hold off long enough this will be Mossley’s first visit to Stocksbridge for just over two years. A sizable amount of Mossley supporters have been there more recently though having made the journey across the Peak District in April 2006 to watch Steels face Kendal Town; a match that had the home team won, would have seen Mossley crowned First Division Champions.

Alas it wasn’t to be as Stocksbridge put in a tired performance (which wasn’t surprising as they were playing something like their fifth game in seven days) and Kendal ran out easy winners. The Cumbrians decision though to sit on an early 1-0 lead and not press for a bigger margin of victory came back to haunt them the following weekend as they missed out on automatic promotion by a solitary goal.

A lovely bit of schadenfreude for the Mossley supporters who'd had their backsides bored off by the negativity shown by a title chasing team. That said, it wasn't exactly 'gung-ho' excitement at Seel Park around that time either!

The Lilywhite’s have won all of their previous four meetings with the Yorkshire side and scored eight goals in the 180 minutes of football played at the now called Look Local Stadium. And 90 minutes of that was spent “under the cosh” as Steels dominated a half in both games.

Our hosts currently lie 12th in the First Division South with nine points from seven games but that’s by the by as knock-out matches are great levellers, it’s the best team on the day and countless other cup clich├ęs all come in to play.

Prediction: With the last paragraph in mind I’ll play it safe and go for a draw at the end of ninety minutes. Who knows what’ll happen after that?

Really, what happens if it’s a draw? Is it a replay? Extra-time? Penalties perhaps? Or have we finally gotten round to giving scissors-paper-stone a go?

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