England team loses on penalties at Frickley

Action from the Frickley Athletic fundraiser between Frickley and England supporters
Action from the Frickley Athletic fundraiser between Frickley and England supporters

England fans from all over the country once again descended on Westfield Lane in order to raise money for the Frickley Athletic redevelopment fund.

Organised by Chad Thomas, who has been helping with the fundraising for almost two years, the event saw Garford Beck’s Englandfans FC side invited to play a Frickley Athletic fans team in a match at the ground.

It is the second year in a row that an England fans side have come to Westfield Lane to play a match for the redevelopment fun and this year’s game did not disappoint.

Before the game kicked off a minute silence was observed in memory of teacher Ann Maguire who was tragically killed at Corpus Christi School, in Leeds.

The game itself saw Englandfans FC take an early lead before Frickley fans quickly equalised with a strike from Jack Hinchliff.

Englandfans FC then dominated the rest of the first half, racing into a 4-1 lead.

The second half saw a completely different story. Simon Ostcliffe grabbed a quick goal for Frickley with a header from an corner before Englandfans made it 5-2. However, Kieran Jagger then scored twice in the last 20 minutes to make it an exciting finish.

In the last minute the referee saw a push inside the area and awarded Frickley a penalty which saw Kieran Jagger step up and slot the ball into the net to complete his hat-trick and make the score 5-5.

A penalty shoot-out would decide the winners and after four penalties it was 3-3. Sam Shethran then stepped up to take Englandfans’ fifth penalty and it was brilliantly saved by Jon Hood. So all Simon Ostcliffe had to do for Frickley fans was score his penalty to win the game and he did precisely that, calmly placing the ball past the keeper.

In the clubhouse, Garford Beck presented the Frickley Athletic Redevelopment Fund trophy to Frickley fans player-manager Chad Thomas.

Regardless of the result, everyone who took part in the event enjoyed the occasion and all at Frickley are grateful to Chad and Garford in arranging this game to help the club towards its £50,000 target needed for the redevelopment fund.

The game raised £690 in total via players’ fees to play in the game and donations from fans. But on top of that, after the game in the clubhouse, the raffle for a signed England shirt took place and it was won by Ben Dryland, from London, with ticket number 1961. The raffle raised £1,544 with a bucket collection also bringing in £38.79 so in total last Sunday raised £2,272.79 towards the redevelopment fund, taking the total no over £36,000.

All at Frickley Athletic would like to say a massive thanks to all involved.

Frickley fans: Neil Ascough, Jaz Billard, Tom Dixon, Paul Furness, Bod Foster, Simon Hartshorn, Jon Hood, Kieran Jagger, Phil McCroakam, Ethel Naylor, Nicky Naylor, Simon Ostcliffe, Adam Page, Daniel Pain, Dave Palmer, Chad Thomas (c), Paul Thomas, Nathan Tomes.

Englandfans FC: Justin Belle, Nathan Bent, Ricky Drew, Adam Durnin, Alex Greenhalgh, Chris Harkin, Craig Hewitt, Adam McDaid, Kevin McDaid, Richie Moore, Oliver Pearman, David Reasbeck, Rob Russell, Andrew Scullion, Sam Shethran, Craig Thompson, Mark Tighe (c).