Mixed start to new season for Frickley

Gavin Allott.
Gavin Allott.

Frickley Athletic were unable to back up a winning start to the new season as they went down 2-1 to Cleethorpes Town in their first home game in the Evo-Stik League’s First Division South on Tuesday night.

The Blues began the season in solid style with a 1-0 success away to Newcastle Town last Saturday and were looking to follow on against Cleethorpes at Westfield Lane. Things were looking good when they took the lead early in the second half, but the visitors hit back to turn the game round and take three points back home with them.

Spencer Fearn’s men had plenty of chances, but without Gavin Allott they were unable to take them and were left to reflect on a disappointing night.

Steve Hopewell, who came in for Allott, did find the net on 47 minutes, but Cleethorpes levelled with a Daniel North penalty on 71 and clinched their victory through Laurence McKay 10 minutes later.

Frickley enjoyed an away win on the first day of the season for the first time in 18 years when they came back from Staffordshire with the three points after playing Newcastle Town.

They could have won by a much bigger scoreline than the eventual 1-0, but had to make do with a solitary strike by Allott on 69 minutes.

The Blues were quick to get control and came close to opening the scoring the seventh minute when an Allott header found Jason Yates who fired home only to be controversially given offside.

Allott fired over and Ben Wiles showed great technique to hit a cracking half volley inches over. He then followed up with another effort from distance which had the keeper at full stretch. More attacks followed with Allott setting up Tom Dugdale who hit his shot wide and Wiles setting up Yates who curled a shot just wide.

Newcastle, who were seventh in the division last season, came into the game more in the second half, but visiting keeper Sebastian Malkowski was virtually untroubled in goals.

Frickley kept pushing for a goal and after more chances coming and going they finally got the reward for their attacking play as Allott raced onto a through ball, got the better of a defender and beat the keeper for what proved the winner.

The referee found almost 10 extra minutes to play after the 90 were up, but the Blues saw the game out well for their first win of the campaign.

Frickley take an early break from the league this Saturday when they host Runcorn Town in the Emirates FA Cup preliminary round (kick-off 3pm).