MATCH PREVIEW: Mossley vs Rams

Preview by Tony Cunningham

Back in the late 1970’s and early ‘80’s, Mossley were arguably the most successful non-league club in the country. Twice champions of the Northern Premier League, when the League was the next level below the Football League, followed by a couple of runners-up spots, along with a visit to Wembley in the Final of the FA Trophy, the Lilywhites were only denied entry to the newly formed National League (then The Alliance) due to ground grading issues.

Since then, it’s fair to say, the club from a small town nestled in the foothills of the Pennines, has suffered a chequered history.

Financial problems almost put them out of business, whilst mixed results on the pitch has seen them turn into what most people would describe as a fourth tier non-league side.

However, a change of management this summer has seen Dave Wild and Terry Hincks installed in the hot seats, and a transformation on the pitch has been immediate.

Away wins at Chasetown and Droylsden, with a home victory over Widnes has seen a 100% start to their League campaign, whilst a draw away at newly-amalgamated Ossett United in the FA Cup has ensured an unbeaten start to the season. The Rams are also on a high after drawing away at Kidsgrove in the FA Cup (Replay at Rammy on Tuesday night) and an excellent hard-earned victory at much-fancied Atherton Collieries on Bank Holiday Monday.

So an intriguing game is in prospect just down the M60.

At last International Clearance has come through for Tom Kennedy giving manager Mark Fell another option, and whilst Greg Daniels may just fall short, Dean Stott will hopefully be available after the nasty injury he received at Kidsgrove.

Looks like an entertaining game awaits.