Frickley set to test young Blades team

Tyler Walton, who scored the first goal in Frickley Athletic's pre-season friendly win at Maltby Main.
Tyler Walton, who scored the first goal in Frickley Athletic's pre-season friendly win at Maltby Main.

Frickley Athletic face Football League opposition again tomorrow night when they continue their preparations for the new season with a game against Sheffield United’s under 23s at Westfield Lane (kick-off 7.30pm).

A good size crowd is expected for a likely lively game with the Blues’ pre-season games already following on the pattern from last season with plenty of goals on show.

Their first five warm-up games have already brought 23 goals, the latest being a 4-3 win away at Maltby Main last Saturday.

Manager Spencer Fearn named a strong line-up, including his prolific scorers from last season, Jacob Hazel and Gavin Allott, plus new striker signing James Gray. Maltby included a couple of players who lined up for the Blues last term in Danny Frost and Steve Hopewell.

First blood went to Frickley as Hazel slid a pass to Tyler Walton on the edge of the box and he fired a shot past the home keeper after only three minutes.

Maltby were soon level with Frost taking advantage of a defensive mix-up and on nine minutes the hosts were ahead as Hopewell netted from Frost’s fine pass.

Only a good save from keeper Callum Fielding prevented Maltby from netting again, but the visitors got on top for a spell and after Hazel went close twice they levelled through Gray from a cross by fellow new boy Connor Smith.

Allott saw an effort blocked by the keeper, who also saved well to deny Sam Liversidge. He could not prevent Hazel from making it 3-2 just before half-time, however.

The second half was less eventful, but Ryan Carroll equalised for Maltby on 66 minutes before Allott blasted home what turned out to be the winner for the Blues seven minutes later.

Frickley will start their season proper with an away game and one of their longest travels in the Evo-Stik East Division as they face Wisbech Town in the first league game on Saturday, August 18.

They follow up quickly with the first home game, against Marske United on Tuesday, August 21 and the month ends with a third league fixture, away to Cleethorpes Town on Monday, August 27.

Other dates in the fixture list to look out for include a first meeting with the new Ossett United, away, on November 24, and a home game against newly promoted neighbours Pontefract Collieries the Saturday after.

Frickley are away to Stocksbridge Park Steels on Boxing Day and at home to Cleethorpes Town on New Year’s Day with their final match away to AFC Mansfield on April 27.

Frickley under 21s, meanwhile, take on Worsbrough Bridge at Westfield Lane on Saturday, kick-off 2pm.