Frickley climb Evo-Stik Premier table

Jacob Hazel
Jacob Hazel

Four points from two games over the Bank Holiday have lifted Frickley Athletic up to 12th place in the Evo-Stik Premier League

After a pair of successive 2-0 wins over Mickleover Sports and Ramsbottom United the Blues had to settle for a point, but scored two goals again when they hosted Whitby Town on Monday.

They have now gone four games unbeaten after defeats in their first two matches and their new strikeforce is beginning to settle in well with all of the forwards finding the target.

Jacob Hazel and Zeph Thomas scored a goal each as the Blues twice took the lead, but were pegged back on each occasion by Whitby Town.

Kicking off late at 3.40pm due to Whitby’s players being delayed in heavy traffic, it was the visitors who threatened first as David McTiernan’s close range shot was deflected away from goal in the fifth minute.

Soon after Jameel Ible’s excellently timed tackle denied Lee Mason when he looked threatening.

Play was end to end with Whitby having a let-off in the 29th minute when goalkeeper Joe Fryer slipped as he went to collect a back pass from Richard Pell, but similarly Zeph Thomas slipped as he turned to collect the ball with the goal at his mercy.

The Blues took the lead in the 35th minute when Tyler Williams’ cross from the left was headed down by Luke Hinsley for Hazel to turn the ball in from close range.

It stayed 1-0 to half-time, but Whitby drew level seven minutes into the second half with Mason crashing home a volley following a left wing cross.

A fine 25-yard drive from Thomas put the Blues ahead for the second time on 66 minutes.

But the visitors then pressed forward for an equaliser, hitting the post twice from close range in the 75th minute.

Whitby kept going and levelled for the second time on 84 minutes after the award of a controversial penalty by referee Matt McGrath.

A challenge by Ible saw him appear to win the ball and concede what the Blues thought was a corner only for Mr McGrath to point to the spot. Up stepped Michael Roberts to send Sebastian Malkowski the wrong way and the Blues were denied a third straight win.

Frickley Athletic: Sebastian Malkowski, Louis Bruce, Macaulay Parkinson (Luke Jeffs 58), Luke Hinsley, John Cyrus, Jameel Ible, Luke Hornsey (Chris Wood 78), Simon Lenighan, Jacob Hazel (Royale Johnson 58), Zeph Thomas, Tyler Williams.

Frickley made it two wins in five days in the Evo-Stik Premier League as they beat Ramsbottom United 2-0 away on Saturday with goals from recently signed forwards Zeph Thomas and Tyler Williams.

Thomas opened the scoring in the first half with Williams adding the second in the last 15 minutes to ensure the Blues would go home happy with their first away success of the season.

Manager Karl Rose brought in right-back Louis Bruce, just signed on dual registration from North Ferriby United, as Macaulay Parkinson moved to left-back for the trip over the Pennines, but otherwise stuck with the team that had done the job with a 2-0 home victory over Mickleover Sports in midweek.

The Blues had the majority of possession in the opening stages and went ahead in the 15th minute when a left-sided free-kick was neatly headed home by Thomas from 10 yards out.

Jacob Hazel went close eight minutes later, but there was a moment of concern at the other end when a John Cyrus back pass fell short of Seb Malkowski shortly afterwards with the big keeper adverting the danger with a clearance as Lee Gaskell rushed in.

Luke Hinsley, who was busy in midfield, went close, but Frickley went in 1-0 ahead at half-time.

Hinsley had another shot well saved early in the second half while some resolute defending, backed up by Malkowski’s safe handling, snubbed out most of the home side’s attacks.

Only some wayward finishing from the Blues attack kept the game in the balance until the 80th minute when Williams latched onto Hinsley’s through ball to score with a neat finish and put the game out of Ramsbottom’s reach.

It was an encouraging display from Frickley, which lifted them up the table and ensured their opponents stayed at the bottom at this early stage of the season.

Manager Rose will be encouraged that his new forwards came up with the goals following on from Royale Johnson netting in the previous game.

He will also be pleased that his defence looked solid once again to keep a deserved clean sheet.

Harder games will be to come, but the way the Blues controlled much of the contest showed that they have capabilities of kicking on this season.

Ramsbottom United: Grant Shenton, Cleavon Beadle, Ben Woods (Grant Spencer 65), Prince Haywood, Andrew Fitzgerald, Kyle Harrop, David Kuba-Kuba (Thomas Hartley 72 ), Alex Meaney, Lee Gaskell, Dominic McHale, Luke Heron. Unused subs. Max Harrop, Jake Cliffe, Melford Knight.

Frickley Athletic: Sebastian Malkowski, Louis Bruce, Macaulay Parkinson, Luke Hinsley, John Cyrus, Jameel Ible, Luke Hornsey, Simon Lenighan, Jacob Hazel (Chris Wood 89), Zeph Thomas, (Royale Johnson 66), Tyler Williams. Unused subs. Luke Jeffs, Callum Hartfield, Peter Fotko.