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Mossley Scoop League Award
Friday 13th March 2015 @ 12:06 by Mark Phillip
Football Mossley & Saddleworth Sports

Mossley are celebrating after scooping the Evo-Stik First Division North Club of the Month for February.

Photo courtesy of Darren Robinson of the Oldham Evening Chronicle

Photo courtesy of Darren Robinson of the Oldham Evening Chronicle

The award was presented to the Lilywhites before the 1-0 defeat against Bamber Bridge on Tuesday night (3rd)

Since the 26th December, a string of impressive results have transpired, which has seen the club go 12 games unbeaten.

January is often considered to be the most depressing time of the year, but you imagine the players, staff and supporters at Seel Park, refute that statement completely.

And why wouldn’t they?

On a wet and miserable New Years Day, things looked bleak at the club.

League strugglers Padiham made the journey to Tameside and cruised into a two goal lead, thanks to efforts from former Blackpool striker, Bret Ormerod.

If the players were suffering hangovers in the first half, then they certainly cured them during the second period.

A resurgent fight back saw the Lilywhites crusade to a 3-2 win, thanks to goals from Kyle McGonigle and a brace from Sam Robinson.

They say confidence breeds confidence, and that is certainly true where Mossley are concerned.

A 0-0 draw against promotion chasing Northwich Victoria was followed by a 1-1 draw against Burscough.

Then came a friendly against Stockport Georgians, where the Lilywhites eased to a 3-2 victory.

In what is considered to be their most important fixture of the season, Mossley, backed by a healthy following, ran riot against near neighbours Droylsden.

As was the case in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, Mossley raced into a three goal lead courtesy of a brace from Rio Ahmadi and a clinically taken penalty from Sam Robinson.

Fearing for their play-off positon, the Bloods hit back after the interval.
Ben Deegan popped up in the 74th minute to head the ball home and Stephen Hall reduced the arrears with a well taken finish.

However, Mossley needn’t have worried, as the ever reliable Mike Fish rounded proceedings off with a perfectly executed strike.

The forwards endeavour was praised by his manager earlier in the week, with Peter telling Reporter Sport “Mike has been terrific for us all season as has everyone in the squad.“He (Mike) has picked up a few injuries during the season but his efforts to get fit have been brilliant.

“Unfortunately he has a hamstring problem so is out of the game tonight (Tuesday)”

Since that memorable victory against Droylsden, the club have accumulated 13 out of a possible 15 points.

But it appears as if their league momentum had transcended into the Manchester Premier Cup.

A 4-0 victory against Irlam in the cup competition cemented the clubs place in the final against Tameside rivals, Curzon.

The venue for the eagerly awaited tie has recently been announced, and the two clubs can look forward to playing at Oldham Athletics, Boundary Park.

Bringing the silverware home is a tantalising prospect, but you feel the clubs overwhelming priorities lie within the league.

Despite making a real impact in the league of late, Peter remained modest about his side’s promotion chances and stated “It’s all come together lately and the players have put in some fantastic performances.

“We’re taking each game in our stride and just looking to pick up maximum points in every game, but there’s some tough competition in this league and we need to remain grounded.”

The cup final, penned for Wednesday 22nd April, is regarded as a real achievement, and Peter hopes his side can work their magic for the loyal fans at Seel Park. He added “The cup final is great for both the fans and the players, because they both deserve to be there in many respects.

“There are ten or twelve fans who come and help out with the pitch after a hard day at work, so it’s nice to see that their efforts are being rewarded in this way.”

A 4.5 litre bottle of Bells Whiskey and an inscribed certificate were presented to the club prior to kick off, by League Respect Manager and Vice President, Phil Bardsley.

Warrington were proud recipients of the award for the month of January, but Peter just hopes it’s not a bad omen. He said “the award can be credited to the hard work the players have put in, but I just hope we don’t fall into the same trap as Warrington did, who fell to a defeat against Droylsden immediately after winning it last month.”

The idea of clinching the cup and pushing for promotion is becoming increasingly realistic.

If Mossley continue on their upward trajectory, then you feel the fans, staff and players will be celebrating when the season comes to a close.