Amateur League: Mossley defeated by Bryansburn

Mossley fought hard against visitors Bryansburn Rangers. INNT 50-027-FP
Mossley fought hard against visitors Bryansburn Rangers. INNT 50-027-FP

IN Campbell Graham’s three matches as manager, the only team to beat and score against Mossley FC have been Bryansburn Rangers. And it was the Bangor side who were the opposition again for game number four last Saturday, where they again went away with three points after a 3-1 victory.

Campbell admitted that second-placed Bryansburn, managed by Jamesie Todd, were the better team. “I was happy with our second-half performance. If we had got the equaliser at 2-1, it might have been a different story, but it was all over once they got their third,” he said.

Rangers certainly had a clear edge in the opening half, although there was a tinge of good fortune about their 10th-minute opener, which would have to be classed as a Dwayne Jenkins own goal, with a searing 22-yard strike thundering off the upright, and in off the back of the keeper.

Yet for all Bryansburn’s possession, Jenkins has had busier afternoons and Mossley were back on an even keel on the half-hour, thanks to a debut goal from new recruit Lee Graham, curving the ball beyond the keeper into the far corner of the net.

Five minutes from the interval, however, the Bangor side were back in front cracking open the Mossley offside trap.

Mossley were certainly back in the hunt in the second session, confining Rangers mostly to their own half. However, openings were wasted by Graham and substitute Gary Orr, and it really was over and out once Bryansburn grabbed a third 15 minutes from time.

Mossley FC: Jenkins – M Acheson, Scott, Fellows, G Acheson – J McKinney (G McKinney), McCord, Proctor (Orr), Jordan – Richmond, Graham. Player in: Lee Graham, S, Crusaders Under-18s.

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