A Ben Halfacre goal a quarter of an hour into the second half settled this game between the local rivals yet the visitors will rue the missed chances that really should have settled the game before that
Halfacre’s goal, converting from a Ben Richardson cross deflected in the net off a Bloods defender, came as the home team came out of the blocks strongly in the second half after the Bloods had dominated the first forty five minutes.
Sefton Gonzales should really have put the Bloods ahead after being put in the clear by Rigby on the quarter hour mark but the striker had almost too much time to decide and Ollerenshaw saved well, Gonzales then heading the rebound over the bar.
The Bloods continued to create chances, both Liam Caddick and Luke Daly shooting across the face of goal from the right while Daly was denied by an outstanding save from Ollerenshaw just after the half hour mark, the Lillywhites keeper getting down low to divert the ball for a corner.
Mossley began to create chances after the break, Mark Fish heading wide from Halfacre’s cross while Andy Keogh twice failed to convert from close range and the same player saw his header come back off the post from a corner.
Meanwhile the Bloods had their chances, Gonzales again put through only for his weak attempt to be cleared.Two minutes later, the striker nearly made amends for his miss, squaring from the byline to Caddick whose strike was cleared off the line.
But the Mossley goal seemed to stifle the Bloods football as the home team began to control the game.
Substitute Steve Mason saw his header come back off the upright on seventy minutes while Max Leonard did all the hard work before dragging his shot wide.
The Bloods weren’t finished, Gonzales for the third time was put through but failed to finish while Stephen Rigby’s strike from outside the area was tipped over the bar by Ollerenshaw.
Star man for the Bloods Stephen Rigby