Frickley Athletic suffer slender defeat at Hednesford Town on opening day

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FRICKLEY Athletic opened their Evo-Stik Premier Division season with a slender 3-2 defeat at Hednesford Town on Saturday.

The Blues had led against the run of play through Jimmy Ghaichem just before the half-hour mark.

The lead lasted just seven minutes, however, when Elliott Durrell levelled from the penalty spot for the hosts.

Neil Harvey scored twice in the second half to put Town firmly in control but Frickley battled until the end and pulled a goal back through Tom Johnston.

Karl Rose’s men couldn’t find a leveller, however, and travelled back to South Elmsall with nothing to show for their efforts.

Hednesford: Dan Crane, John Disney, Darren Campion, Sam Barnes, Francino Francis, Dave MacPherson, Jamie Osborne, Elliott Durrell, Neil Harvey (Sean O’Connor 78), Aaron Rey (Michael Lennon 58), Nathan Woolfe (Phil Clarke 74). Subs not used: Ben Bailey, Alex Melbourne.

Frickley: Tom Woodhead, Jason Yates, Luke Jeffs, Terry Barwick, Scott Hellewell, Tom Johnston, Jake McCormick (Luke Hinsley 58), Matty Bloor, Danny South, Chris Wood, Jimmy Ghaichem. Subs not used: Blake Freeman, Reece Fennell, Lee Stratford, Ben Hallam.

Referee: Mr S Richards.

Attendance: 418.

See this week’s Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express for full match report and reaction.