Frickley end away day blues

Lee Morris: First away win.
Lee Morris: First away win.

Frickley Athletic ended their run of away defeats when they came back from Rushall Olympic with all three points in the Evo-Stik Premier League on Saturday.

After losses in all of their first eight away league and cup games this season, the Blues were finally celebrating on their travels thanks to Jack Waters’ goal three minutes from time.

Manager Lee Morris was delighted that his side kept a clean sheet and ran out 1-0 winners against opponents who are close to the top of the table.

Rushall missed a number of chances over the 90 minutes, but it was Frickley who started the brighter of the two teams without being able to test home keeper Jose Veiga in the early stages.

The hosts looked set to go one up on 18 minutes when their top scorer, Alex Reid, went through in a one-on-one with keeper Sebastian Malkowski, but he sent his shot wide.

With Rushall getting into their stride, Reid broke away following a Frickley free-kick before feeding Mo Diop who turned inside the area only to see his strike saved by Malkowski.

Sloppy play by the home side saw Luke Hinsley presented with two opportunities. The first was blocked and the second gathered by Veiga, who then did well to claim an inviting low cross from Shiraz Khan.

At the other end, Malkowski also did well to block from Reid on the stroke of half-time and it stayed goalless up to the interval.

Rushall created the better chances at the start of the second half, but were unable to profit. Reid blazed over from a good position before a header by Hull from a corner was cleared off the line by Sam Hanna.

Frickley soaked up more pressure and broke out as Khan was only denied by a smart Veiga save.

The home keeper could not prevent the Blues from scoring a winner, however, when Waters found space in the area to head home.

Frickley then held on through a lengthy period of stoppage time with their battling display earning them their first points on the road this season.

In midweek Frickley went down to a 2-0 defeat in their previous away game at Corby Town.

They were in the game for long periods, but went behind just before half-time when Shaquille Leachman Whittingham scored. Andre Johnson scored a second goal for the hosts on 68 minutes.