Blues’ play-off push stalls at bogey club

Danny Brady goes close for Clitheroe
Danny Brady goes close for Clitheroe

The usual Mossley hoodoo came back to haunt the Blues on Saturday as their play-off push stalled with a 2-1 defeat.

Clitheroe had looked set for victory in the opening 20 minutes, creating a number of chances before taking the lead.

Ryan Ellison gets tight to a Mossley forward

Ryan Ellison gets tight to a Mossley forward

With barely two minutes on the clock, Luke Wall crossed from the right, with Louis Myers powering his header narrowly over.

And on 16 minutes, Charlie Russell played a one two with Wall and drove his shot from the corner of the box inside the far post. It was no more than the visitors deserved.

Danny Brady had a chance to extend the lead on 29 minutes when his clean header from a deep Russell free kick skimmed wide.

The hosts came back into the game, and on 32 minutes, Mossley almost stabbed home from a free kick. Two minutes later, a fluke cross from the right found Thomas Pratt, whose shot had Chris Thompson back pedalling, but to no avail, as it dipped under the bar for the equaliser.

Skipper Danny Brady competes for an aerial ball

Skipper Danny Brady competes for an aerial ball

And on 37 minutes, a low corner came to a halt inside the box, before Thomas Dean gratefully smashed it into the roof of the net. A free kick on the edge of the D deep into injury time would have put the game almost out of reach, but Thompson was on hand to deal with the danger.

The second half was Clitheroe’s worst of the season. One minute in, Mossley hared down the pitch and Thompson again came to the rescue.

On 58 minutes, Brady miscued his defensive header from a corner and Thompson scrambled to turn the ball round the post. A poor backpass from Ryan Ellison on 70 minutes left Thompson for dead, but he managed to put off the striker and then take one in the midriff as he shot.

Dimitri Tuanzebe then presented the ball to the home side, and a sweeping move down the right saw the ball in the net, only for it to be narrowly flagged off-side.

On 82 minutes Joe Mitchell worked his way into the box, had his shirt pulled but stayed on his feet and forced an excellent save, with no penalty given. Then Myers forced another fine save, but Mossley held on.