DAVID Fish admitted Mossley’s prize money from their FA Cup victory will go a long way as the club tries to get over the Covid-19 shutdown.
And the Seel Park manager would love a local derby with National League North Curzon Ashton in the Second Qualifying Round. Keaton Mulvey’s 64th minute winner sealed the Lilywhites’ progress and a cheque for £2,250.
In the grand scheme of things that may not sound like much but try telling that to anyone at Mossley.
David said: “It’s huge to a club like this when we had six months of shutdown – the bills don’t stop.
“You’ve still got to mention your ground, you’ve still got to get your pitch ready, you’ve still got your licensing fees for your bar and all those things.
“So that money is huge for the club.
“And someone like Curzon Ashton here at Seel Park would be brilliant, wouldn’t it? The only shame is we’d have to restrict the crowd.”
Mossley arguably could have had the match wrapped up by half time as they were much the better side.
Ryan Shenton’s 29th minute opener from Andy Keogh’s cross was the very least they deserved.
Former Oldham player Mason Fawns, though, fired Ramsbottom level just before the hour mark.
And seconds before Mulvey’s left foot finish, the visitors’ Domaine Rouse struck the crossbar.
Mossley are now in the draw, along with fellow local sides Stalybridge Celtic, Hyde United, Ashton United and Curzon, who enter at this stage.
And their boss believes character, as well as a bit of luck, won the day.
David added: “In the first half, we were much the better side.
“We knew they’d come at us and throw bodies forward, which they did and we had a lucky escape before we scored the second.
“But the character we showed, putting bodies on the line, was superb.”