It was one step back after a big step forward again for Frickley Athletic as they followed up their terrific away win last week with a disappointing display and a 3-0 home defeat to Warrington Town in the Evo-Stik Premier League last Saturday.
Manager Lee Morris and his coaching staff were left tearing their hair out after seeing their side put in plenty of effort, but lack the necessary quality to truly test their visitors who are in the top six in the league.
New signing Julian Lawrence came straight into the back line and Kuda Mukswe, Tyler Williams and Luke Mangham formed the front line following the recent departure of Noel Burdett.
Frickley started steadily enough and were not under much pressure early on, but lacked creativity. Williams did see his shot comfortably saved after he had made a fine run to work some space while the keeper saved again to deny Lawrence’s glancing header from a Macauley Parkinson free-kick.
At the other end, Parkinson made an excellent goalline clearance to prevent Warrington from opening the scoring.
But the visitors did break the deadlock on 37 minutes with a shot that owed plenty to luck as Scott Harries’ effort took a huge deflection to loop over keeper Sebastian Malkowski and hit the underside of the crossbar before dropping in.
Cam Rigby came on for Mukswe at the start of the second half and the Blues tried to get back on terms as Joe Thornton went close then intelligent build-up play led to Mangham having an inswinging cross-come shot saved.
But Warrington doubled their advantage when Samuel Ilesanmi broke clear and rounded Malkowski. Although Parkinson did well to prevent the initial shot going in, the visiting striker followed up to score.
Eight minutes later it was 3-0 as Daniel Hattersley netted again and that was how it stayed until the final whistle with subs Jack Waters and Dan Palmer coming on too late to make any impact.
Despite the defeat there were some shining lights for Frickley with new boy Lawrence looking good in the back four and Parkinson, Gary Stohrer and Nathan Valentine giving their usual hard working displays. But they were left to curse some bad luck in the opening hour and were given a lesson in clinical finishing.