United look to turn things around at Mossley
After two disappointing defeats at the hands of promotion rivals Bamber Bridge and Bradford Park Avenue, FC United look to get things back on track as they visit Mossley at Steel Park this Tuesday. Craig Phillips provides this preview...
United find themselves in the unfamiliar position of losing three out of the last four, which is made all the more frustrating by the fact that this “sticky patch” was proceeded by six straight wins. If Margy’s young team want to remain as promotion contenders things need to be turned around as soon as possible.
Tuesday’s opponents are Mossley; who are affectionately known as the Lilywhites due to their all white strip. Last season, the club were relegated from the UniBond Premier after finishing 20th in the league and will be looking to get back up there by putting a good run of results together. However, the Ashton-under-Lyne outfit have been suffering a bit of an inconsistent season so far and are currently 9th in the league with 21 points from 15 games.
The club’s leading scorer is former Halfax Town and Barrow striker Gareth Hamlet who has eight goals while the club have recently signed prolific former Ossett Albion centre forward Danny Toronczak from Belper Town but he has managed just one goal in four appearances for the Lilywhites so far.
Current FC United players Matty Taylor, Rory Patterson and Josh Howard are all former Mossley players. Howard played 122 games for Mossley scoring 24 goals in four seasons at Steel Park 2002-2006 while Taylor made 83 appearances scoring four goals between 2002 and 2004. Patterson’s stay however was brief and he failed to make an impact in his seven appearances in the 2004/05 season.
Other players who have appeared for both Mossley and FC United in recent seasons are Dave Brown, Rhodri Giggs, Phil Melville, Leon Mike, Billy McCartney, Tony Coyne and Adie Orr.
Originally formed in 1903 as Park Villa, the club changed their name a year later to Mossley Juniors. In 1909 the club became Mossley AFC and moved to the Steel Park ground where they still play to this day.
The club enjoyed their best times in the late 70s early 80s when they won the Northern Premier League in successive seasons and reached the final of the FA Trophy. The success wasn’t long lived though and by the time the decade was out the club found themselves in the North West Counties Football League. They were twice promoted from the NWCFL in both 1999 and 2004.
Tuesday’s game at Steel Park is a pay on gate fixture with admission priced at £7 adults, £4 concessions. Kick off is the usual 7.45pm so get yourself down to that football ground and hopefully see FC United get back on the winning trail.