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Mossley manager looking for a reaction from his players PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Friday, 09 October 2020

david fish mossley.pngWorkington boss Danny Grainger will be wary of a back-lash tomorrow from a Mossley side hurting after a 3-1 home defeat to Clitheroe in mid-week.

The Lillywhites would have been up with the early pace-setters if they had won that one, following victories over Ossett United (2-0) and Pickering Town (4-1).

Manager David Fish (pictured) is expecting a reaction from his players after that mid-week defeat – and probably isn’t expecting Borough Park to be in as good a condition as it was last week against City of Liverpool.

After the Clitheroe defeat Fish said: “It can be difficult to take positives from a night like that but something we talked about after the game is the need to stand up and be counted.

“We started the season well and possibly got a little bit ahead of ourselves. Tuesday night should be a reality check, for the rest of the season will be like that against strong, experienced, quality sides.

“If the players want to establish themselves in this team and at this level they need to learn how to impose themselves on these games just as much as they do when the sun’s out and the going is easier.

“Saturday will be another tough test, possibly similar to Tuesday. The pitch is unlikely to be conducive to free-flowing, passing football therefore we’ll need to do the ugly things well.

“I want to see a reaction from the side and the players to show me that they are learning and developing from the last three games.”

Fish, an audit director at Price Waterhouse Cooper, was appointed Mossley manager in June and has a wealth of experience in non-league.

The goalkeeper was a member of Stalybridge Celtic’s treble-winning side of 2000-01 and also appeared for Woodley Sports, Witton Albion, Hyde United and Curzon Ashton.

Fish, who has the UEFA B licence qualification, had been an academy player at Manchester United and late an apprentice at Stockport County where he had one year as a professional.

He cut his managerial teeth at Lancashire Amateur League side Rochdale St Clement before moving to Chadderton who are two levels below Mossley.

Remarkably all seven of Mossley’s matches so far have been played on home soil at Seel Park so the trip to Cumbria is their first away game.

They have played four league games and three FA Cup ties at Seel Park.

Reds will almost certainly be without their five injured players, as they were on Saturday and Tuesday when they had back-to-back wins over City of Liverpool and Colne.

Grainger said: “I don’t want to risk bringing anybody back too soon when we have a good squad. We only have one more mid-week game and then it will be Saturday to Saturday so I don’t want to set anybody back by playing them earlier when another week would help.”

Also missing from the squad will be forward Levi Amantchi who has told Grainger that he has the chance of a trial spell with Darlington in National North.

He is based in the north-east and has previously played over there with Blyth Spartans.

Workington met Mossley three times last season and all three games finished 2-0 – the first to Mossley at Seel Park and the other two to Reds at Borough Park in the League and Integro Cup.

The game is another 400 sell-out with Mossley reporting that they have got rid of their 60 allocation.

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