Frickley prop up table after fourth defeat

Frickley's Nathan Curtis.
Frickley's Nathan Curtis.

Frickley Athletic are still looking for their first point of the season after losing 2-0 at home to Stourbridge in the Evo-Stik Premier League on Tuesday night.

Karl Rose’s men were hoping to make up for a poor start to the campaign as they were up against opponents who had lost their first two games, but the Blues are now without a point after four and bottom of the table.

They made a disappointing start with Stourbridge going ahead on 10 minutes when Luke Benbow’s effort bounced off the crossbar and was ruled to have gone over the line.

Benbow struck again 11 minutes later as his well hit shot beat goalkeeper Sebastian Malkowski.

Frickley tried to battle back, but their efforts were in vain as they suffered their fourth league defeat.

Frickley Athletic: Malkowski, Parkinson, Grant, Hinsley, Gooda, Pearson, Gascoigne, Valentine, Purkiss, Curtis, Williams. Subs: Guest, Lufudu, Burton, Rose, Diggles.

Frickley suffered their third league defeat of the season last Saturday when they ended with 10 men and lost 3-2 at Stafford Rangers.

The Blues came from behind twice in a battling display only to lose out to Greg Pearson’s 80th minute own goal.

The hosts got off to the better start and were ahead after 15 minutes when Jake Jones headed past Malkowski.

The Blues had more defending to do as Malkowski saved well to deny Kyle Perry’s shot and Izak Reid shot over.

They hung in, though, and after a couple of blocks had denied them, an equaliser came just before half-time as striker Nathan Curtis netted from a cross by Joel Purkiss.

Stafford went back ahead when awarded a controversial penalty as Perry fell under a challenge by Bailey Gooda and George Bowerman stepped up to make it 2-1 seven minutes after the break.

The Blues were not behind for long with winger Tyler Williams on target on the hour after cutting in nicely.

Frickley looked for a winner as Gooda got in round the back to head just wide from a free-kick and Williams was only denied by a fine save from home keeper Adam Whitehouse. But their hopes of a first point were dashed 10 minutes from time when Perry’s cross was headed into his own goal by Pearson, under pressure from George Cater.

To make matters worse for Frickley, they ended with 10 men after Josh Grant was sent off for a second bookable offence, taking down Jack Sherratt in full flight to incur the wrath of the referee.

Frickley Athletic: Malkowski, Parkinson, Grant, Hinsley, Gooda, Pearson, Gascoigne, Valentine, Purkiss, Curtis, Williams. Subs: Guest, Ellam, Lufudu, Burton, Diggles.