Blues ease through Garforth cup test

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FRICKLEY Athletic eased their way into the Doodson Sport Cup fourth round with a convincing 4-2 win over Evo-Stik Division 1 North side Garforth.

The Blues’ win was marred, however, with the sending off of Mark Gray in stoppage time.

Peter Rinkcavage’s men started brightly and Ollie Ryan saw an overhead kick go inches wide before hitting an upright not long after. Brad Grayson fluffed the rebound.

But the deadlock was broken in the 26th minute when a free-kick from James Ashmore was bundled in by Karl Jones.

Before Garforth could recover, Grayson put the ball in the net again from a corner two minutes.

It got better for the hosts three minutes before half-time when Ashmore saw his effort parried by the Town goalkeeper and Ryan followed up.

The visitors came more into exchanges in the second half and Matt Mathers got them on the scoresheet before a fine Dempsey Smith goal further reduced the deficit.

Stung in action, Frickley went straight down the other end to restore their two-goal cushion though Leon Henry.

Gray received his marching orders for a strong tackle, taking some of the shine off a polished performance at the heart of the Blues defence. Grant Darley also shone.

Frickley: Saynor, Bleau, Whitehouse, Darley, Ludlam, Gray, Jones, Ashmore, Grayson (Mallon 82), Ryan (Adams 90), Henry. Unused sub: Walsh.

Garforth: Higginson, Turner, Willerman, Dempsey, Pacey, Turley (Walker 78), Moke (Mathers 63), Fisher, Smith, Priestley, Hunter (Price 78).

Referee: Mr Mark Dwyer.

Attendance: 98.

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