Blues forced to settle for Olympic draw

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FRICKLEY Athletic stretched their unbeaten run to three matches in all competitions but may have felt it was two points dropped rather than a point gained in a 0-0 stalemate with Rushall Olympic on Saturday.

The Blues, without a number of key players through injury and suspension, carved out numerous second-half chances to bag all three points at the Tech5 Stadium but had to settle for a point against a visiting side that had made a good start to the season following promotion.

Michael Simpkins and Alex Callery were sidelined through injury while Jack Watts started a three-match ban.

Despite the scoreline, both sides had good chances to find the breakthrough.

Adam Billard, the Frickley goalkeeper, had to be alert to deny Gary Fitzpatrick midway through the first half, while Brad Grayson and Peter Knox both had chances for the hosts.

Just before half-time Ahmed Obeng had a good chance for Rushall Olympic but the home defence raced back to divert the danger, while at the other end Lincoln Adams headed a Leon Henry corner just wide.

The Blues upped their gear on the resumption and David Cyrus, Grayson and Knox came close shortly after the restart.

Frickley were calling the tune in the second half but the visitors still looked dangerous on the break, Billard being forced into a smart save to deny substitute Marcus Jackson.

Both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils and Frickley boss Peter Rinkcavage will at least be pleased with his side’s third clean sheet on the spin.

Frickley Athletic: Adam Billard, Kelvin Bleau, David Cyrus, Danny Walsh, Lincoln Adams, Stuart Ludlam, Ryan Mallon, James Ashmore, Peter Knox, Bradley Grayson (Karl Jones 71), Leon Henry (Mark Whitehouse 61). Unused subs: Ben Leonard, Ben Saynor.

Rushall Olympic: Chris Gemmell, Lucan Spittall, Adrian Smith, Mitchell Tolley, Sean Platt (Craig Bannister 78), Grant Beckett, Gary Fitzpatrick, Christian Dacres, Luke Edwards, Ahmed Obeng, Luke Bottomer (Marcus Jackson 59). Unused subs: James Skedgel, Louis Keenan, Nick Amos.

Referee: Mr A Murphy

Attendance: 249