Blues succumb to FC United of Manchester

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FRICKLEY Athletic suffered a second defeat in four days on Tuesday night when FC United of Manchester left South Elmsall with a 3-1 Evo-Stik Premier Division victory.

The Blues slipped to a 1-0 loss at Hednesford Town on Saturday and will go into this weekend’s big FA Cup third qualifying round clash at Gainsborough Trinity on the back of consecutive defeats.

Peter Rinkcavage’s men went behind in unfortunate circumstances early in the second half when Stuart Ludlam turned a Ben Deegan cross into his own goal.

The visitors went for the jugular and doubled their lead just three minutes through Matthew Wolfenden.

It gave the hosts a mountain to climb but they got back into the game on 64 minutes when Brad Grayson reduced the deficit by scrambling the ball over the line from a corner.

But their joy lasted barely a minute when the impressive Deegan fired in his side’s third to send United back across the Pennines with all three points.

See this week’s Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express for all the latest Blues news.