Frickley ready for big kick-off

Luke Hornsey, who has been released by Scunthorpe United.
Luke Hornsey, who has been released by Scunthorpe United.
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It is all systems go for Frickley Athletic as they kick-off their Evo-Stik Premier League campaign at home to Rushall Olympic on Saturday on the back of a win in their final warm-up.

One last week of training remains before the Blues set out on the long road to what they hope will be an improved season as they look to avoid the kind of relegation scrap they faced last term.

Despite the loss of several teams through financial woes the league looks like being as competitive as ever and Frickley are keen to get out of the blocks quickly.

They completed their pre-season schedule with a 1-0 win at Goole AFC courtesy of Matty Young’s excellent strike just before half-time.

Manager Karl Rose was without injured striker Gavin Allott while Conor Qualter, who has shown up well in pre-season, has a new job which prevents him from playing on Saturdays and he was also missing.

But Rose had a look at former Sheffield United defender Joe Hodder and former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Spencer Lund, who have both been recently released, as has Luke Hornsey, from Scunthorpe United, who the Blues had on loan last season and he came into midfield.

Goole were on the offensive straight away with Ben Simpson pulling off a good save to deny Tyler Williams in the first minute while former Blues striker Luke Hinsley went past Simpson four minutes later but shot into the side netting.

Frickley slowly came into the game with Young screwing an angled 18-yard shot just wide after being picked up by Joel Barnett and a corner being deflected against the crossbar in the 18th minute.

Barnett had an 18-yard shot comfortably collected by Peter Fotko in the 38th minute while Goole responded within 60 seconds, but Simpson was glad to see a 20 yard shot from Williams fly just wide.

Frickley had big claims for a penalty waved away when Danny South’s 20-yard shot was well blocked by Fotko with Ryan Williams being barged out of the way as he looked set to tap in the loose ball.

Justice was done four minutes later when good work from Hornsey saw Young hit a first time shot from 22 yards that flew into the top right hand corner.

Simpson was called into action early in the second half as he pushed Andy Gascoigne’s shot past the post before pushing another shot from Steve Wooley over.

Ashley Flynn saw a shot tipped over at the other end and then fired another effort wide. But Simpson came to Frickley’s rescue in the 86th minute, saving with his legs from a Goole substitute.

Frickley Athletic: Simpson, Hodder (Knowles 53), Parkinson (Joseph 65), Lund (Riley 53), Cyrus, Jeffs, Hornsey (Stratford 84), Young, Williams, Barnett, South (Flynn 51).