South heads Frickley in right direction

Danny South.
Danny South.

Although they had to settle for a point from their long travel to Workington on Saturday the 1-1 draw enabled them to continue their climb off the bottom of the Evo-Stik Premier League.

Following on from their fantastic midweek win over FC United of Manchester the Blues are now up to fourth from bottom with nine points from their 10 league games so far.

It was a solid display and a solid result for Athletic in Cumbria with Workington having made a good start to the season to stand in eighth place.

Frickley travelled having failed to win any of their away games so far with just one point previously gained on their travels and they must have feared the worst when after a good defensive effort and a clean sheet in the first half they went behind to a terrific Scott Allison volley on 67 minutes.

The hosts had rarely threatened up to that point apart from one effort cleared off the line by Danny South and another well saved by Ben Simpson.

But the Blues, who had seen several chances go begging with Gavin Allott going closest, stood up to be counted and hit back to claim a valuable point as South powered home a header from Sanchez Payne’s cross with 12 minutes to play.

Frickley missed a glorious chance to take home all three points when Allott went clear only to drag his shot wide.

The home side were then reduced to 10 men when goalscorer Allison went in late on Macauley Parkinson and saw red. But it was to late for the Blues to take advantage and although they could count themselves unlucky not to take home all three points they can be encouraged by another much improved display.

Frickley: Simpson, Stannard, Parkinson, Hornsey ( Williams 73), Jeffs, Ible, Riley ( Stratford 83), Young, South, Allott, Payne.

Frickley have a change of fixture on Saturday after initially being left without a game following their FA Cup defeat.

The Evo-Stik League have issued a changed fixture list, which will see the Blues now host Ramsbottom United (3pm kick-off).

The Blues, meanwhile, have been drawn away to AFC Emley in the second round of the Sheffield Senior Cup with the tie to take place at the Welfare Ground on Tuesday, October 7 (7.45pm. kick-off).