In-form Lilywhites ladies in semi-final

MOSSLEY AFC Women go into semi-finals of the Greater Manchester Women’s League Cup on Sunday (Feb 2) in excellent form having lost only one of their last six games.

The Lilys, fourth in the first division, host league leaders Rochdale at Seel Park, kick off 2pm with admission free.Manager Chris Brooks is unfazed by the challenge as the Lilys have had two positive results in league games against Rochdale.

Brooks pointed to the recent 3-3 draw at leaders Rochdale as a prime example when they had only 12 players, lost two during the game and finished with 10 players on the pitch.

The Lilys had earlier beaten Rochdale 3-0 at home to prove they can compete against the best teams.

In the league, the Lilys had the unusual occurrence on Sunday (Jan 26) when they picked up six points in one day.

They were awarded a walkover win when Sale forfeited their game as Mossley were awarded three points without kicking a ball.

The Lilys rearranged a match at Heyside Angels where they won 2-1, Grace Burke scoring both goals.

It was a weekend which saw Mossley climb to fourth place in the 11-strong division. They had been second bottom before the good run began.

And Brooks believes a top-three finish is attainable in their debut campaign after the team was only formed last summer.

“The target was sixth place and anything above that would be a bonus,” he explained.

“It has been a big leap for most of the girls going from Under-16s to seniors’ football in one leap. I am glad I made the decision.”

The success has been achieved despite a challenging season through injuries and the loss and unavailability of players.

Brooks has reinforced his depleted side by signing former Curzon Ashton player Rachel Parkinson, a midfielder/striker.

Winger Ella Barnes and centre-back Kiera McNamara can also play for the senior side now they have celebrated their 16th birthdays.

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