A combination of bad luck, poor finishing and good goalkeeping from the opposition keeper saw Frickley Athletic crash out of the FA Trophy at the first qualifying round stage with a 2-1 defeat at 10-man Buxton on Saturday.
Without the suspended Simon Lenighan in midfield and with Brad Dockerty unavailable, manager Karl Rose brought in Luke Hornsey and although going behind to an unlucky tenth minute goal the Blues played well in the first half.
The home side’s opening goal came after a cross from the right was knocked away by John Cyrus only for the ball to strike Bradley Barraclough and ricochet just inside the near post with the striker knowing little about what had just happened.
Macaulay Parkinson sent Jacob Hazel away down the right for Frickley in the 26th minute and he cut across the box before seeing his strong shot parried by Phil Barnes.
The equaliser came four minutes later when a well worked move saw Zeph Thomas run at the Buxton defence before playing the ball across the box for the onrushing Luke Hinsley to steer into the net from eight yards.
The key moment came in the 39th minute when Parkinson sent Brad Grayson clear and he flicked the ball past the onrushing Barnes before being pushed over by Jamie Green as he was about to score into an unguarded net.
The referee immediately sent off Green and awarded a penalty, but Thomas saw his strong shot from the spot kick brilliantly blocked by Barnes’ strong outstretched arm.
Thomas went close again on the stroke of half-time, rising to head a Grayson corner wide from 10 yards.
But Frickley failed to make the most of their extra man and Buxton came up with what was to prove their winner when substitute Alex Wiles was left in acres of space on the edge of the box to pick his spot with a low shot.
Chris Wood replaced Scott Matthews as Frickley went more direct. Thomas glanced a header narrowly over from Grayson’s corner and Tyler Williams cut the ball back to the onrushing Hornsey, but he blasted over the bar from 15 yards out.
With three minutes remaining Hinsley looked to have salvaged a draw when he met another Grayson corner with a powerful downward header only for Barnes to somehow manage to block at the foot of the far post.
Frickley Athletic: Malkowski, Parkinson, Matthews (Wood 67), Hinsley, Cyrus, Ible, Grayson, Hornsey, Hazel, Thomas, Williams.