They're Back Again

It's the return of some familiar faces as our old enemies/friends Clitheroe make the journey to Seel Park for the first time since April 2006; a game which saw Mossley claim a valuable three points to wards their title challenge with a 1 - 0 win.

The match will give Mossley an early opportunity to seek revenge for the defeat they suffered at Shawbridge back at the beginning of October. Despite being a goal to the good and looking completely in control of their own destiny, Mossley came unstuck after the game was held up due to an injury suffered by the referee and conceded two late goals to hand Clitheroe their first league win of the season.

Something to look out for in this match is whether Mossley will kick the ball out should a Clitheroe player go down injured, or return a dead ball to them should they knock it off so their own player can get treated. Why you may be asking? Well...

In the closing moments of that game in October, with the score at 2-2, James Riordan picked up an injury due to a very late 'tackle' by one of the home sides players. At the first chance they got, Mossley put the ball out so he could receive some treatment. Clitheroe took the throw-in that resulted from this action and put the ball out for a throw-in for Mossley - 4 to 5 yards from left hand corner flag in the half the Lilywhites were defending. The Blues then pushed up to pin Mossley in and from the resultant pressure they scored the winner.

It wasn't the reason why we lost but it was certainly a bit of poor sportsmanship that may be reciprocated on Saturday. Still, if it does happen, it'll give their manager something to rant and rave about again. Especially as in the last match he thought a two footed, knee high challenge was perfectly acceptable.

It's been something of a mixed week for Clitheroe. After pulling off an impressive 2 - 1 victory over FCUB, a result that was skillfully camouflaged by the Bury based sides propaganda arm: the Manchester Evening News, they were kicked out of the FA Trophy for fielding an ineligible player against Rushall Olympic and went out of the Lancashire County Cup to Leigh R.M.I.. Mossley on the other hand return to home soil on the back of the win at Radcliffe Borough that saw them climb to seventh in the league and a week off.

Prediction: Like derby matches, games between these two sides rarely go to form so weighing up the pros and cons, ups and downs, swings and roundabouts, red pill and blue pill... I don't know... a draw?