Frickley Athletic: Defences on top as Blues share spoils with Worksop Town

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Frickley Athletic had to settle for a share of the spoils in a goalless draw against old foes Worksop Town on Tuesday night.

Defences were on top at Westfield Lane as the sides battled it out for the fifth time this season.

It was perhaps apt that the game finished all square, with Frickley having won two of the previous fixtures this season and the Tigers also grabbing two victories.

Tigers came into the game having parted company with boss Simon Clark and put coach Andy Lake and Town’s U19s boss Kevin Staniland in control for the trip to South Elmsall.

The Blues looked to take advantage and had the first chance on goal when Jake Picton tested Town goalkeeper Paul Bastock in the third minute.

Former Tiger Gavin Allott headed an effort over three minutes later as Karl Rose’s men continued to carve out the best chances.

Picton had another chance 26 minutes in when he was left unmarked in the Worksop box but fired his attempt wide when he should have done better.

Ryan Clarke had Worksop’s only threatening effort on goal but the match remained goalless at half-time.

Clarke had another chance on the restart but Frickley goalkeeper Jamie Green produced a fine save to keep his shot out.

Frickley enjoyed a good spell of pressure midway through the second half and Joe Wilcox had two good chances, only to see Bastock equal to them.

The Blues still had to be on their guard at the back, however, as Luke Jeffs did well to clear a Craig King shot off the line.

Both sides pushed for the winner in an end-to-end final ten minutes but defences held firm and Worksop finished the game with ten men when Leon Mettam saw red following a challenge with Frickley goalkeeper Green.

Frickley Athletic: Green, Wilcox, Jeffs, Picton, Liburd, Howe, Hinsley, Barwick, Burgess, Allott, Howarth. Subs: Wood, Walsh, Wootton, Stratford, Levers.

Worksop Town: Bastock, Clarke, Ludlam, Young, Stimpson, Miller, King, Towers, Denton, Mettam, Potts. Subs: Ball, Dean, Modest, Nyoni, Lindley.