Ossett's club emblem looks like a black chess knight with an ice cream cone stuck on its head sucking an ice pop. Not very inspiring. And neither is its team. But Ossett Albion's well organised, dull players did just about enough to hang onto a lead that takes them above Salford City in the league.
After just ten minutes the Ammies could have been in front when Lee Neville tricked his way down the left wing and crossed for Craig Mahon whose goal bound shot was blocked. At this point Salford were looking good for a victory but after half an hour Ossett's Shane Kelsey arrowed a direct free kick from the left hand corner of the penalty area into the net to give the visitors the lead.
Salford hit back and eight minutes later equalised when Craig Mahon broke away and crossed beautifully for Ashley Mulholland to rifle in at the far post. 1-1 at the interval would have been a fair reflection of the half but with a minute to go to the break, Ossett got a corner on the right which bent straight out of play by the near post. The referee, deciding that no corner could possibly have been that badly taken, ordered yet another corner. This time it went right into the goalmouth, was flapped by Salford goalie Scott Tynan, and in the subsequent melee Kelsey scored his second to make it 2-1 to Ossett.
And that's how it stayed, despite a battling Salford performance in the second half that had the Ossett coach jumping up and down screaming at his players not to panic, like a tracksuited version of Corporal Jones…`Panic!…Panic!' shouted the Salford supporters, which the Ossett defence duly did but no Salford forwards could take advantage.
A much improved display from Salford after last Saturday's hillbilly hoedown but its Ossett and their knackered unicorn that take the points back to somewhere yonder in Yorkshire.
Stop Press: 10th Feb 2010
SALFORD CITY SACK MANAGER
Salford City has sacked manager Paul Wright after home losses to Rossendale and Ossett. The full statement from the club reads...
"Following last night’s defeat to Ossett Albion Salford City FC of the Unibond First Division North have parted company with team manager Paul Wright.
Despite good cup runs in FA competitions, this success has not been transferred into league matches and, of late, performances and results have been disappointing.
Paul Wright will be remembered in the folklore of Moor Lane for his role in last season’s ‘Great Escape’ when potential relegation was avoided on a memorable final day at Garfoth. Unfortunately, this season, the team has not made the progress anticipated and we again find ourselves at the wrong end of the league table.
Successive defeats to teams below the club in the Unibond First Division North have put renewed pressure on us and it was felt by the club Committee that a change was needed.
Salford City FC extend their best wishes to Paul along with their thanks for all his efforts on behalf of the club."