Mossley 2 - 2 Stockport County

The Lilywhites final home friendly of the 08/09 pre-season campaign didn't exactly get off to the best of starts.

Two goals in the first twenty minutes for the visitors planted the the thought that it was going to be a long night for Mossley but the expected flood of goals never arrived. Chances were at a premium for both sides but that's not to say it was a dull game because it wasn't. Despite the lack of goalmouth incidents it was good to watch two teams passing the ball around on the floor without resorting to the time honoured Seel Park "favourite" of knocking it as far up the pitch as humanly possible. In fact I don't think the ball flew over the ground perimeter once which is the first time that's happened in quite a while.

Midway through the second period the introduction of Messrs. Weston and Henry gave Mossley a bit more impetus in their quest to rescue a game that appeared beyond them, and it was from a surging run down the right by the former that the Lilyoranges grabbed what looked like a consolation goal; his low ball across the face of the goal tapped in by Danny Dignan with a little over eight minutes left on the clock.

With precisely no minutes left a significantly sized slice of good fortune drew Mossley level. Henry, Hanlon and Egan were all involved in the build-up to the goal but it was a County centre half who applied the final touch, deftly sending his own keeper the wrong way with a tiny flick of hit outstretched boot.

While never coming close to matching the previous three friendlies in terms of the number of incidents contained in their respective ninety minutes, it was nevertheless entertaining. Even if the game had finished 2- 0 to County I think that many of the Mossley fans present would still have left the ground happy with what they saw.

If you want a different, and a better written, take on this match then try the official Stockport County version

But you haven't come to Mossley80 to read have you? No, you've come to see if I've stuck any footage of the match up on YouTube. Well, just so you don't leave disappointed:

I apologise for the delay if you have been eager to read about the match or see the highlights (you never know, there might be 'that' someone) but I went to see the new X-Files movie instead.

Some things are more important than football! ;-)