NEW Mossley defensive reinforcements Danny Hall and Johnny Diba-Musangu helped stem the worrying flow of goals as the Lilywhites beat Colwyn Bay 2-0 on Saturday, February 3 – their first win in 10 league and cup games.
After conceding 25 goals in their previous six games, joint managers Peter Band and Lloyd Morrison signed Hall and Musangu who helped Mossley beat the Welsh side.
Hall, 34, has a highly impressive CV having made 78 first-team appearances for Oldham Athletic between 2002/06.
He later played league football for Shrewsbury Town and Chesterfield, appearing for them in the League Two play-off final at Wembley.
Hall, who was raised in Dukinfield and went to Audenshaw High School, also had a spell with Gretna when they were in the Scottish Premier League.
In latter years he has played non-league for Crawley Town, Stockport County, Hyde United, Altrincham, Celtic Nation, Guiseley, Curzon Ashton, Stalybridge Celtic and Droylsden.
Band thanked Droylsden, Hall’s last club, for waiving the seven-day rule to enable him to sign immediately for the Seel Park club.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Musangu kept a clean sheet on his debut.
The 20-year-old was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and was at Rochdale between 2014/17.
He had loan spells at FC United and Glossop North End and, after being released by Dale last summer, signed for Ashton United.
Two old favourites are returning to Mossley.
They have re-signed Andy Keogh who left last season to join Evo Stik League rivals Trafford and utility player Matty Purcell.
Purcell has been training with Mossley for the last month, but the club is still waiting for international clearance as he last played in Australia.
Mossley also have former Stockport County and Macclesfield Town midfielder Tom Fisher back in action after a year out with a serious knee injury.
Band said: “Tom is getting back up to speed so he is also like a fifth signing.
“We have a very young side that did well at the start of the season.
“During the recent bad run you could see their confidence drain away and the experience these players bring should make a lot of different.
“That showed against Colwyn Bay when Johnny and Danny helped us keep a clean sheet. They will provide leadership on the field rather than Lloyd and myself barking out orders from the sidelines.”
Defender Caldon Henson, who scored two goals in 107 appearances for the Liltwhites, has joined promotion-chasing Clitheroe.
Defender Jamie McLellan and forward Danny McLaughlin were playing for Winsford United this week to get much needed game time as they have not been playing regularly, with McLellan only just returning from injury.