Up To The Bottom (Well, Second Bottom)

It’s the first of many catch up games this Tuesday as Mossley head towards Chorley for a game that should have taken place three days before Christmas.

Despite a month and a half having passed since then, there are only a couple of minor things that I can add to the preview I did for that game.

The first is that the number of ex-Mossley players plying their trade at Victory Park has been reduced by two after Joel Pilkington’s decision to join Clitheroe and Kenny Mayers very recent departure from the club.

Secondly, that run of form they were enjoying in the latter stages of the old year has since ground to a halt. I say "ground to a halt" when what has actually happened is that it has exploded into a million tiny pieces.

Their less than spectacular sequence of results concluded on Saturday with a 7 - 0 walloping at the hands of Skelmersdale United on Saturday, in what turned out to be the last hurrah for their management team of Gerry Luckza and the aforementioned Mr Mayers; both being told not to slam the door as they left the club for the last time on Sunday.

Of course we got quite the pounding ourselves against Skem but losing by five is considerably better than losing by seven; the unwritten rule of football being that any defeat that would be spelt out on the BBC’s vidiprinter, e.g. Skelmersdale Utd 7 (seven) Chorley 0, is embarrassing.

Coincidentally seven and five are, coincidentally, also the number of games both Chorley and Mossley have gone without a win in the league.

Instead of facing a club in the midst of a crisis though, Chorley’s incredibly rapid appointment of Luckza’s successor, former Kendal manager Tony Hesketh, means that Mossley will be facing a side desperate to impress their new manager. That said though, with no time to bring anyone in, those players will still be the same ones who conceded seven at the West Lancashire prefab at the weekend.

Though just Radcliffe Borough stand between the Magpie’s and the foot of the table, there are only twelve points between us and them – an insignificant total when you consider that there’s still over a third of a season to go.

Still, three points for the Lilywhites would go some way towards easing the fears of being dragged kicking and screaming into a relegation battle.

Prediction: Chorley lost to Skelmersdale by seven, we lost by five - therefore it must be 2 – 0 win for us!

However, as we all know life’s not that simple but I still think we’ll come away from Victory Park with a... err, victory. And a morale boosting one at that.