Lofty target for Mossley AFC

MOSSLEY AFC’S players have been given a simple equation as they chase promotion – win eight of your last nine matches.

That includes a trip to second-placed Leek Town and the final day visit of table toppers Macclesfield.

Going the whole of February without a win – collecting only two points through draws against Trafford and Witton Albion – have harmed the Lilywhites’ hopes of making the play offs in the Northern Premier League West Division.

Now as they sit four points behind Clitheroe and Runcorn Linnets, manager David Fish has set the task.

He said ahead off the trip to Prescot Cables at the start of a run that sees only one home match in March: “There are nine game left now and the pressure’s on, I think we need to win eight.

“I thought it was eight before Kidsgrove and that was one we should’ve won.

David Fish with Gary Carter from The Correspondent

“In that nine, we’ve got Macclesfield at home and Leek away, which are tough fixtures, so the pressure’s really on us now to try and make something of the season and not just let it peter away.”

Fish has added midfielder Kai Payne on loan from Wigan Athletic and he is available for Prescot Cables.

However, it looks like he will be frustrated to add more to bolster his squad, which he told The Correspondent after the defeat by Kidsgrove he needs to do.

On Payne, he added: “We’ve needed new faces for a couple of weeks and when Wigan made me aware Kai was available for loan, I was keen to bring him in.

“He captains their under-18s and is an athletic, confident box to box player who can also play centre back.

“He trained with us and he looked right at home, very comfortable on the ball, a good passing range and positional sense. He’ll provide a different option for us and I’m looking forward to him getting started.”

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