Mossley line up friendlies

MOSSLEY are to resume playing again, even though their Northern Premier League campaign will not be restarting.

Clubs from Steps 3-6 have voted to make the season null and void, though that decision has still to be ratified by the Football Association.

The Lilywhites’ players will return to training after lockdown restrictions are eased on March 29.

And the plan is to play several friendlies, though they are likely to be behind closed doors as fans will not be permitted.

Mossley have already finalised a game against Ashton United for Saturday, April 24 and hope to organise a couple more.

Manager David Fish explained: “We have played so little this season that we felt it was important to get the lads back in to train and play some friendlies.

“It is a shame fans won’t be permitted as the roadmap suggests they won’t be allowed until after May 17.

“The plan is to play the friendlies and then have our normal break before reporting back in late June for pre-season training.”

Fish added there is a great appetite to return in non-league and Mossley had explored taking part in a couple of tournaments.

Prestwich Heys have organised one with 16 teams while there is another in Yorkshire with clubs from Huddersfield and Bradford.

Fish added the friendlies will provide an opportunity to look at triallists who have contacted the club.

He said: “We have had calls from some players who have moved to the area and who have played at a good level and others who are looking to step up.

“A couple of the players are interesting, and I am looking forward to seeing them in action.”

Fish added he will be retaining the nucleus of last season’s squad.

He continued: “There won’t be wholesale changes, though I think we need more experience as we have a young side.

“I would be looking ideally for a mixture of lads who have played at this level and higher and a couple of younger lads.

“Maybe I am looking to bring in five players and a few would have to go out to accommodate them.”

Fish was delighted that goalkeeper Liam Lovell had been training with Sheffield Wednesday and Stockport County with the Under-23s at both clubs while centre back Jack Grundy was also at Stockport.

“It is only positive they have been training at a higher level. It gives them football and also reflects well on the club,” he said.

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