After an excellent win despite playing with 10 men for 55 minutes last Saturday, Frickley Athletic met with contrasting fortunes two days later as they were edged out by Grantham Town in the Evo-Stik Premier League.
Karl Rose’s men followed up their 1-0 success against Colwyn Bay with a defeat by the same score when they travelled to Grantham on Monday.
An excellently struck 70th minute goal from Dylan Burns earned Grantham the points when he cut in from the right wing to curl an 18-yard shot beyond Sebastian Malkowski, but the Blues only had themselves to blame after not taking their chances earlier in the game.
Brad Grayson had a great chance in the second minute when he latched onto a mis-controlled pass by Stefan Galinski to break clear, but Jake Turner got a hand to his lob from 20 yards.
Tom Davie headed wide following a Steve Jeff corner four minutes later while at the other end Lee Shaw put a low angled shot wide.
A great pass from Davie in the 12th minute played in Grayson, but his left footed shot from 12 yards squirmed under Turner’s body and was cleared.
It was Grantham’s turn to go close a minute later when Grant Ryan met a Michael Emmott cross with a header that Malkowski clawed away.
Jacob Hazel was the next to find himself with a clear sight of goal when Luke Hinsley’s deflected shot fell kindly for him eight yards out, but Turner was out quickly to block Hazel’s shot.
The Blues then lost Tyler Williams through injury with Chris Wood replacing him and Grayson moving out wide.
Three minutes into the second half Burns showed how dangerous he was when he picked up a loose pass from Wood to run at the Blues’ defence before firing over.
Grayson saw his shot from a tight angle caught on the line by Turner in the 69th minute and seconds later Davie shot over from 18 yards.
Within 60 sends Grantham took the lead with Burns’ fine effort.
The nearest the Blues came to salvaging a draw was in the 76th minute when Ross Armstrong won the ball in midfield before shooting just over the bar from 25 yards.
Malkowski came up for a couple of late Frickley corners, but they never really looked like getting on terms.
Frickley Athletic: Malkowski, Gooda (Bruce 85), Jeff, Hinsley, Cyrus, Ible, Davie, Armstrong, Hazel, Grayson (Parkinson 94), Williams (Wood 22).
A fantastic 61st minute strike from Jacob Hazel saw 10-man Frickley Athletic overcome Colwyn Bay at the SW Jackson Utilities Stadium on Saturday.
Louis Bruce had returned to the Blues’ side at right-back, but he lasted just 35 minutes of the Evo-Stik Premier League match before being harshly sent-off for a trip inside the box.
However, from the resulting penalty goalkeeper Sebastian Malkowski pulled off a superb save to push away Adam Morgan’s spot-kick and the Blues went on to win 1-0.
With Bruce returning to the side Bailey Gooda was left on the substitutes bench while Tom Davie moved to his more orthodox right wing position. Ross Armstrong had recovered from the injury that forced him off against Ashton United.
On a blustery afternoon some good play down the left in the third minute saw Tyler Williams pick out Brad Grayson, but the striker’s first time left-footed shot flew wide.
John Cyrus headed over from a corner and a minute later a great ball from Williams saw Hazel hold off Antonie Boland as he broke into the box, but Craig Ellision pulled off a great one-handed save to deny him then recovered to block the follow-up from Williams.
The Blues were getting on top and another good move saw Williams clear down the left, but Ellison pushed away his low cross and Luke Hinsley fired over from the edge of the box.
A great tackle from Bruce denied Jordan Harper as he broke away following a Blues corner before the game changed seven minutes later. A long clearance from Ellison caused uncertainty on the edge of the Blues box with Adam Morgan getting past Jameel Ible but being caught by Bruce as he stumbled into the box. Referee Mr Sporne immediately pointed to the spot and rather harshly produced a red card.
Morgan stepped up to take the spot-kick himself but Malkowski superbly pushed away his left footed shot.
Two minutes before the break Grayson found himself in space on the right of the box and his excellent cross picked out Hazel only for the ball to bounce up and over the bar off him. Almost immediately the visitors broke through Harper and his cross was fired over by Carl Lamb.
In the second half Ible went close with a header for Frickley with heading wide for Bay.
Grayson went close twice and Hinsley poked the ball wide following a great run from Williams before the Blues came up with their winner just after the hour.
A long clearance from Gooda sent Grayson away and he hooked the ball into the path of Hazel who let the ball bounce before lashing a fierce shot into the top corner from just inside the box.
Another deep free-kick from Grayson drifted just wide while Lamb fired an 18-yard shot just wide for Bay.
The Blues were content to protect their lead for most of the remainder and were rarely troubled as they collected the points.
Frickley: Malkowski, Bruce, Jeff (Gooda 45), Hinsley, Cyrus, Ible, Davie, Armstrong, Hazel, Grayson (Wood 90), Williams.