Sunday, March 31, 2013

Mossley v Radcliffe Borough

Not one of mine - I was still posting letters when this was taken !!

It was an "above average" day on the mail-face on Saturday - s'pose that'll teach us all to have Good Friday off - so it was a 1450hrs arrival at a sunny (but still chilly) Seel Park.  Mossley were looking to continue their good league run and stay in the hunt for a play-off place (and I was hoping and praying it was not going to be an "After the Lord Mayor's Show" following the Manchester Premier Cup Final victory of Wednesday night !).

I was not disappointed - in the end it was a comfortable 2-0 victory - could have (should have ?) been more, but the bandwagon continues to roll on, with goals from Sam Madeley and a cracker from Gary Gee (the snapper was focussing on the penalty area expecting a cross - of course it swerved in at the far post and I missed it - bugger !!).  With Ramsbottom United losing, Mossley climbed up to 2nd place, but looking at the table I still reckon it's a case of "perm any 4 from 7" for the play-off places (this assumes Skelmersdale United as Champions - a fair assumption I feel !).  Pictures from the game at

Mossley 2 Radcliffe Borough 0

So - Happy Easter to one and all - and it'll be an interesting game tomorrow at Church Lane where 5th placed New Mills take on 2nd placed Mossley.  The Millers are 3 points behind Mossley ... with 5 games in hand - eek !!   Will I be there ?? I think not (shock horror) - OK I've got the day off work (as have all posties) ... and when that occurs, I always get the urge to make a day of it football-wise (because it happens so rarely !!).  Final decision to be made sometime later today/early tomorrow - but a trip down to the "old homestead" to see Stafford Rangers take on Ashton United is one option high on the list.

Other stuff from yesterday - a cracking 2-0 win for Hyde FC over FA Trophy winners Wrexham in front of a crowd of 1800+ could well have guaranteed their Conference Premier status for another season (QED) - well done to the Tigers !  The "big derby" 'twixt Droylsden and Stalybridge ended 1-1 - apparently a poor crowd (356) saw a poor game- but that's the way it goes I guess with two teams not at their best at the moment.  Incidentally, another big "Well Done" to Bish, Tweedy and the crew from Stalybridge who did a Sponsored Beer Walk from Stalybridge down to Droylsden yesterday in aid of the Celtic "Hail Ale" Fund (for a new clubhouse) - my cheque is in the post !! Ashton United ground out  a 0-0 draw at home to Frickley Athletic and neighbours Curzon Ashton contrived to lose 2-0 away at 2nd bottom Ossett Albion (another result which helps Mossley's play-off cause).

Otherwise ... today is going to be a fairly lazy one - the washing machine is already spinning away, a lamb dinner to cook this evening, and a bedroom door to fix - needs new tubular latch (should be fairly straightforward - but you never know with my DIY skills !!).  Might wander down to pick up a "Non League Paper" in the next hour or so - no doubt the "clocks going forward" will take its toll later (up at 0645hrs "old time" this morning after a late one playing with photos - aargh !).

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