Frickley back to winning ways in cup

Chris Wood, on target for Frickley against Millmoor Juniors and Skelmersdale.
Chris Wood, on target for Frickley against Millmoor Juniors and Skelmersdale.

Holders Frickley Athletic progressed to the third round of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup after defeating a plucky Millmoor Juniors side 4-0 at the SW Jackson Utilities Stadium.

Manager Karl Rose made several changes to his side with Peter Fotko making his debut in goal while Connor Griffin, at left-back, and Jake Ellam, in midfield, both made their first starts for the club. Lee Stratford deputised for Jameel Ible in central defence, Luke Hornsey returned on the right of midfield and Chris Wood started up front in place of Jacob Hazel.

It was the visitors who had the first goal attempt of the game with Scott Hartley firing wide from a tight angle in the sixth minute while Ellam had a 25-yard shot comfortably collected by Juniors’ keeper Matt Eastwood a minute later. Wood then fired over from six yards after being picked out by Ellam from the right of the box.

Millmoor were holding their own with the Blues only seriously threatening sporadically. A half cleared corner fell to Brad Dockerty 25 yards out but his low shot zipped just the wrong side of the left hand post.

The Blues lost Griffin on 38 minutes through injury with Jeffs moving to left-back and Hornsey to right-back and Luke Hinsley coming off the bench onto the right of midfield.

Millmoor’s resistance finally faltered on 40 minutes when Jeffs’ ball into the box was controlled by Wood who beat Jamie Jackson and Nathan Allott before firing an angled shot past Eastwood from six yards.

Within two minutes Dockerty extended the Blues’ lead, firing into an empty net from 15 yards after Allott’s last ditch tackle on Zeph Thomas presented him with the chance following a swift Blues attack.

Dockerty had a great chance two minutes later when he sent Wood away on the left of the box before racing to meet Wood’s low cross but he could only send the ball the wrong side of the far post from six yards.

A Jeffs corner on the stroke of half-time saw Wood have a close range shot from a tight angle well blocked by Eastwood.

Hartley went close for Millmoor on 55 minutes when his curling 20-yard shot forced Fotko to tip the ball over.

Thomas had a header saved on the line before John Cyrus rose unmarked to head powerfully into the roof of the net from following a Jeffs corner on the hour.

Eastwood denied Thomas with a great one-handed save to block his angled shot on 63 minutes but Hartley continued to be dangerous for the visitors, shooting just wide from 18 yards on 70 minutes.

Thomas finally got the better of Eastwood in the 80th minute when he exchanged passes with Wood to find space inside the box before blasting past Westwood from 16 yards.

Fotko was called into action again two minutes from time to again deny Hartley but in the end the Blues progresses comfortably into the next round.

Frickley Athletic: Fotko, Jeffs, Griffin (Hinsley 38), Ellam, Cyrus, Stratford, Hornsey, Lenighan (Hartfield 78), Wood, Thomas (Hazel 80), Dockerty.

Chris Wood came off the bench to grab a deserved 91st minute equaliser for Frickley Athletic as they fought out a 1-1 draw at Skelmersdale United in the Evo-Stik Premier League to end their run of three defeats.

Manager Karl Rose introduced new signing from Belper Town, Scott Matthews, at left-back with Luke Jeffs continuing at right-back. Simon Lenighan was fit to return in midfield and Brad Dockerty came in on the right with Royale Johnson injured.

Tyler Williams had the first shot, cutting in from the left in the second minute to put a low shot wide of the near post and Zeph Thomas found himself in a good position, latching on to a pass from Dockerty in the ninth minute, but his shot from just inside the box was well blocked by a last ditch challenge by Jack Phillips.

The home side came into the game and saw Chris Almond head wide at the back post while Sebastian Malkowski was alert to collect an 18-yard shot from Shaun Holden two minutes later.

Williams cleared off the line on 23 minutes after Robert McIntosh looped a header back towards the near post following a cross from the left, but the Blues responded a minute later with Thomas firing a first time angled shot against the post from the edge of the box after being set up by Williams.

Luke Hinsley was involved twice in quick succession after 25 minutes, first seeing his overhead kick go just wide following a Jeffs free-kick while seconds later Thomas flicked the ball on for Hinsley to break clear into the box, but Skelmersdale keeper Martin Fearon blocked his shot well with his legs.

Just before half-time Lenighan hit a strong 30-yard shot just wide.

The home side started the second half on the offensive with both George Donnelly and Isaac Kusaloka forcing Malkowski to tip over 18-yard shots before they took the lead in fortunate circumstances in the 57th minute. A corner from the Skelmersdale right appeared to be knocked into his own net by Malkowski under pressure from Kusaloka.

Gerard Kinsella curled a 20-yard free-kick just wide six minutes later before the Blues started forcing the home side back in search of an equaliser.

On 64 minutes Hinsley saw his downward header from a Matthews corner caught on the line by Fearon and a minute later Fearon saved a 20-yard shot from Jacob Hazel.

The Blues had a let off on 70 minutes when a cross from the right somehow found its way across goal and bounced off the far post and along the line before being cleared by Jeffs.

Hazel saw his header from a Jeffs corner strike the top of the crossbar on 74 minutes while two minutes later Ible met another corner with a header which flew just wide of the far post.

Wood was introduced for Dockerty on 85 minutes and almost immediately headed a ball in from Lenighan down for Thomas to fire over from 12 yards.

But in the 91st minute Williams sent over a cross from the left which John Cyrus headed back across goal for Wood to turn and fire into the roof of the net from six yards for an equaliser which the Blues richly deserved.

Frickley Athletic: Malkowski, Jeffs, Matthews, Hinsley, Cyrus, Ible, Williams, Lenighan, Hazel, Thomas, Dockerty (Wood 85).