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Mossley boss Peter Band praises effort of his squad despite loss to Droylsden
Tuesday 29th August 2017 @ 16:05 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Mossley tasted their first defeat of the season on Monday afternoon as Droylsden claimed a 2-0 victory at the Butchers Arms.

The Lilywhites entered the fixture in confident mood, having built on their opening day victory at Kendal Town with 1-1 draws against Colne and Trafford respecitvely, while also progressing to the next round of the FA Cup with victory at Glossop North End.

Joint-manager Peter Band said he’s happy with the way his side have started the season, although he was critical of the prolificacy in front of goal against Droylsden on Monday. Following the result, he told Reporter Sport: “In the first half we had five or six chances that we didn’t put away, they were clinical with theirs and then near the end, when we changed the system a bit, we could have had a few more, but overall I thought Droylsden deserved it today.

“Maybe it was one game too many for our lads, but we never gave up”.

Frustrated with the loss, Band continued: “When they went 1-0 up Liam Ellis should have passed it into the net, but he’s taken the leather off it instead. A minute later it’s 2-0, and with them having a more experienced side they’ve locked it up and seen the game out.

“It’s frustrating because we normally come here and do well, but it’s the first setback of the season, and as I told them in the changing room, it’s how they respond at training on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup game against 1874 Northwich”.

Band is expecting Saturday’s opponents to play a similar style to Droylsden, and with a number of notable faces within their ranks he expects a tough game at Seel Park.

That said, Band is expecting a good response from his side in a game of huge proportions financially. He said: “We played them in pre-season, but they’ve brought in Greg Hall, Scott McGowan and Kyle Riley, so they’ve brought in a few new players.

“This new group of players haven’t tasted defeat since Stalybridge in pre-season, so myself and Lloyd will have to see how they react.

“The £2000 we got from the last round, plus the additional gate receipts, pays the bills and the lads’ wages.

“If we can get through to the next round then it will help the club move forward. It pays the bills off and helps the budget”.

Band is hoping his side can enjoy the same success as Warrington Town did during the 2014/15 season.

The Yellows are reported to have made £200,000 from their famous FA Cup run, which saw them overcome Exeter City in the first round on BBC Two, before falling to a 2-0 loss at Gateshead in the following round.

Warrington subsequently used a portion of the windfall to finance a successfull promotion push. Band is hoping for the same. He said: “Like Warrington a few years ago, the FA Cup run helped them bring in new players and got them promoted.

“If you can get through a few rounds, as Droylsden did against Chesterfield around 10 years ago, then it will get the town buzzing, brings in new fans and subsequently pays for things”.