Heart Of Darkness

It’s a return to some familiar territory this Tuesday as Mossley make their way up the M66 and various A and B roads to our old friends, Clitheroe.

Since our last meeting two years ago we’ve gone up and come back down a division whilst they’ve remained in the lower to middle echelons of the Unibond First.

It will be interesting to hear what jocular new songs they’ve got this time round to replace the “what a waste of money” chants that have made us ‘chuckle’ on our last few visits. I’m suspecting that we’ll be few rounds of the pot/kettle calling, “Where’s your money gone?”

If we do at some point though get desperate for money, lets hope that we don't take the approach that the East Lancashire town's most recent 'celebrity', Philip McHugh, took. i.e. phoning up various Tesco’s around the country to tell them that prices were about to come down. As well as the roof, walls, etc.

Despite having a home record this season in the league that has seen them amass a grand total no points from twelve, Clitheroe (with the most inopportune of timing) go into this fixture on the back of an 8-2 win over Spennymoor in the FA Cup. Mossley on the other hand have picked up ten points from a possible twelve in their last four games.

These games usually tend to be ‘edge of the terrace step’ stuff so let you finger nails grow a bit because you might just need to nibble on them at some point.

Oh, and don’t forget to bring a torch with you just in case they use an extra plug socket in the kitchen and blow the floodlights. Alternatively bring something electrical that has a heavy power consumption with you, just in case we're losing...

Prediction: My heart says it’ll be a draw but my gut is telling me that that’s overly optimistic. Not to worry though, if my guts do indeed turn out to have Nosradamus-like powers, it should be noted that the only time we’ve lost there recently, we won the league title the following April.