Frickley Athletic ended a run of four straight league defeats when they came up with a morale-boosting victory in a tight game against Marine in the Evo-Stik Premier on Saturday.
A deflected shot from Brad Riley on 73 minutes gave the Blues the points at Westfield Lane and they survived finishing with 10 men after Danny South was given a straight red card.
Frickley’s side included Chesterfield loanee Jack Broadhead, who was making his debut for the club at centre-half, and another new signing from Retford, Bobby Johnson on the bench.
Joe Davies, meanwhile, was given a spot at left-back with Macauley Parkinson injured and adapted well on his first league start for the club.
On a heavy pitch both sides struggled to put together any decent passages of play in the first half. The visitors relied on the long ball up to lone striker Christian Langos and sought to exploit his pace, but both Broadhead and Davies were equal to the task and made a number of important tackles in the early stages.
As the half progressed the Blues began to find joy down the right hand side with Max Leonard playing a lovely one-two with Gavin Allot before firing wide. Riley then produced a great run down the left before cutting in off the byline and seeing his low shot smothered at the near post.
The departure of Langos before half-time was a blow to the Mariners and they looked bereft of any attacking edge after that.
Playing downhill in the second half, the Blues started to dominate with Reece Thompson looking a real threat on the right. Leonard shot into the side netting and John Cyrus put a header just over before Frickley got the breakthrough in the 73rd minute. Riley, who became increasingly influential on the left, cut in before hitting a shot from the edge of the area which took a slight deflection to take the ball over the keeper into the top corner.
Thompson then had a goal disallowed for offside after Riley had released him, but the Blues held on despite South seeing red for rushing in after a Marine player had gone in two footed on Riley.
l Prior to the Marine game on Saturday manager Karl Rose made a couple of signings to boost the squad.
Joining on an initial month’s loan from Chesterfield FC was centre-half Jack Broadhead, a 20-year-old former youth team captain at the Spirites who appeared for their first team in September in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie at Scunthorpe. Also signing for the club was midfielder Bobby Johnson, from NCE League club Retford United. Bobby skippered the Badgers and is 20 years old.
Meanwhile, Simon Harrison has signed for Handsworth Parramore in the NCEL.