Mossley under 21’s put in a fantastic shift in awful weather conditions to win at previously unbeaten League leaders Barrow at Milthorpe on Friday night.
The Lilywhites youngsters got off to fantastic start playing free flowing football from the off and were rewarded on 10 minutes when Elliott Fenton fired Mossley in front.
Four minutes later and the Lilywhites doubled the advantage as Dylan Fitzgerald stroked home number two.
Barrow pulled a goal back with a clever finish on 28 minutes but despite coming under some heavy pressure Mossley held the lead at the break.
With the elements now in their favour Barrow came out all guns blazing in the second half but a resiliant Mossley held firm and then stretched the lead on 55 minutes when Ryan Rogers was brought down for a clear penalty which was duly converted by Jes Uchegbulam.
Barrow should have been reduced to ten men after a horific late challenge on keeper Woski-Cawthorne saw play held up for several minutes but the Barrow player only received a yellow card. The Mossley keeper continued despite being hampered by injury and along with the rest of the team put in a terrific performance.
Barrow pulled back another goal with a powerful finish on 70 minutes but the Mossley boys dug deep to hold on to the lead and take the points against all the odds.
Under 21 result Mossley 10 (ten) Atherton LRFC 3. Our fantastic scorers: Ryan Rogers (4), Junior Amos (3), Ryan Waterhouse (2), Elisene Fernandes (1). Said Gary Dean – Chairman – “we are realigning our development opportunities throughout the club and the U21s team is a really important part of this, the results have been stronger on each outing since our New Manager Chris Woods came on board and we are seeing some real talent on the field. Our hope to see the U21s as a feed for 1st team talent has already been realised within the first month of the new team Management with Abdul Kadiri Asamoah (18) promoted to the 1st team bench”
Evo-Stik League Division One West clash at The Offside Trust Stadium postponed
This afternoon’s scheduled Evo-Stik League Division One West clash against Mossley at The Offside Trust Stadium has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.
With parts of the pitch frozen and with poor weather forecast for this afternoon, the match referee has taken the decision to postpone the fixture.
A new date will be announced in due course.
We are pleased to announce that we have completed the signing of Josh Ollerenshaw a highly experienced goalkeeper, most recently with Ashton United, who started his career with 5 years at Oldham Athletic from 2008-2013.
Josh has also has spells at Altrincham, Stalybridge Celtic and Colwyn Bay, said Dave Wild, joint manager “Josh is a really good signing for us in an area where we were exposed in the squad and we expect his impact to be very positive in the coming games”.
Portuguese Sports Analyst Micael Cairns has been appointed to 2 positions at the club, significantly the board has invested in Micael’s talent to support the activities of the first team management in providing expert advice on sports and strength development.
Additionally Micael has taken up the post of Coach in newly appointed Chris Woods management team for the U21s.
Chairman Gary Dean told us, “We have outlined our strategic vision for the club for the next 3 years and have received almost universal support, we can’t thank our fans and teams enough but the board has made commitments too and we see the ongoing investment in talented experienced football staff as standing up to the challenges we face with confidence and belief.
Micael follows quickly on the heels of Chris as 2 important new members of the footballing staff who bring not only great experience but buy into our vision”
Mossley AFC have a new manager for the U21s Development Team with experienced coach Chris Woods joining. Chris has extensive experience and networks in Manchester Youth teams and coaches the highly successful West Gorton JFC.
Chairman Gary Dean said, “We have a strategic plan for the club for the next 3 years which is very focused on integrating the teams across the whole of the development opportunities at Mossley AFC so there is a clear pathway for talented footballers of any age.
The first step is to ensure the U21s is a platform for first team opportunity whilst also playing in their own league and furthering our success on the Pitch. At the same time players get come back from injury or to match fitness through the Development Squad which will strengthen our bench.
Chris is experienced in this development arena whilst also buying in to our vision for the squad, and we are happy to welcome him into the MAFC family.”
MOSSLEY have strengthened their off-field team with three new signings.
Long-time sponsor Chris Hey is the club’s new president, local businessman Gary Dean has been appointed chairman and Phil Ramsden joins the board of directors.
The changes have been approved by the Football Association along with director Ray Moreland being elevated to become vice-chairman.
And each of the directors, new and existing, has been given ‘functional responsibility roles’.
Chris and Ray will be manager and team liaison officers, Gary takes charge of sales and marketing as well as health, safety, security and behaviour. Ray will also be the club’s legal officer.
Phil’s remit is facilities and ground and continuing the ongoing redevelopment at Seel Park.
Existing board members John Larner remains the club’s finance officer and Peter Green is in charge of events.
Chris has sponsored the Lilywhites for the last five years and this season becomes the main club sponsor through Total Rope Solutions, the Stalybridge-based firm he and business partner Chris Hadfield founded in 2004.
The 64-year-old from Carrbrook has sponsored 30 Mossley matches through his company that has 11 employees.
Chris, who was raised in Micklehurst, says the first Mossley match he attended was Oswestry away in 1962. He says he watched every round as the Lilywhites reached the FA Trophy final at Wembley in 1980.
Apart from a spell in 1990s when his support “dropped off” through work commitments, he has been a regular at Seel Park.
He said: “The football club has been in my blood for most of my life which is why I want to put something back into it.
“Gates have been up in the last couple of years and there is a great enthusiasm among fans and I want to give them something to cheer.”
Chris has helped the club financially with recent ground improvements with further ones planned with new rooves needed for the boardroom and changing rooms.
He says he is honoured to be asked to become president as the last one was the late Bob Murphy who he said was “the best manager the club ever had”.
Gary, the club’s new chairman, describes him as a “newbie” as he has only been involved for the last year.
The governor at Buckton Vale Primary, Carrbrook, became involved through Chris and other long-serving directors.
Gary, 52, who lives in Stalybridge, owns his own company OnLevel Balustrades that employs 32 people.
He says he has been following the club intermittently since the age of 14 through good and bad after being brought up on the Mossley side of Ashton.
Gary said: “I am there to offer support as there was a clear need for a bigger board and people with business acumen.
“I was pleased to be asked to get involved and will have a hands-on role co-ordinating activities so the committee can deliver the ambitions of the board in a practical way.”
Phil, 56, is also a long-standing supporter who attended his first match in 1965/66.
“My first memory is sitting on a concrete post after being taken to a match by my uncle,” he recalled.
Phil, who lives in Mossley, is a self-employed engineer. He worked in the glass industry maintaining equipment which is how he came to know Gary. He is also best mates with Chris. He said: “I moved away in the 1970s, but came back in the last 15 years.
“I have returned in the last few years and became more involved when I was asked to help out with work upgrading the changing rooms.”
Phil explained his job description will be a focal point for people to go for everything relating to the stadium and facilities.
The club have been informed that Johnny Diba Musangu has been suspended sine die on safeguarding grounds by The FA.
This relates to allegations dating back to 2011 and 2012 when he was in the eyes of the law a juvenile.
The club cannot comment further on the factual basis of the allegations as they are sub judice.
The club are mindful of the basic principle of law that any person is to be treated as an innocent man until proved otherwise in the appropriate court of law.
The club confirms that the player has been interviewed by the police but there are no charges brought against him and no proceedings have been brought against him in any court.
If we receive any further information we will share it as allowed or appropriate.