MOSSLEY have increased stewarding at Seel Park in the wake of an incident which marred their Emirates FA Cup win against St Helens Town.
Mossley Town Team is providing experienced stewards from within its organisation to help the Lilywhites.
The action was taken after a complaint from Saints who alleged one of their flags, hung at the Mossley Park end of the ground, was damaged and spat on.
Saints posted on their social media: “Well played to @MossleyAFC deserved winners. Day marred somewhat by the action of some fans. Don’t know what to say to the things that happened but probably nothing nice.”
It prompted the following response: “Never seen intimidation like that at a non-league game and damaging club property and spiting on it is absolute filth. Mossley are a great club and I hope these are just hangers on.”
Interim chairman Callum Irving, interim chair at the time of the incident, admitted the incident made him “sad” adding it undermined the tremendous work carried out by volunteers at the club to stage the same safely and adhering to the Covid-19 guidelines.
“We dealt with the incident on the day and I spoke to the St Helens secretary on the Monday after the game. We will replace the flag as a gesture,” he said.
Mr Irving added the club is trying to identify the culprit.
“What happened is not what we are about. It ruined what was a great day having supporters back at Seel Park,” he said.
Mr Irving added there was no major issues relating to having a 400-capacity crowd, though they have taken steps to remove a couple of bottlenecks inside the ground.
This has involved painting parts of the terracing which will be designated walkways to ease movement.
Mossley have also moved the after match awards outside on to the terraces to prevent large numbers gathering in the social club.