No shocks at the Shay for Frickley

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CHAMPIONS FC Halifax Town came from a goal down to see off Frickley 3-1 and keep the Blues in the Evo-Stik Premier Division relegation places.

Mark Whitehouse had given the visitors a shock 12th-minute lead before the Shaymen hit back with goals from Lee Gregory, Danny Holland and Tom Baker.

A reshuffled Blues started promisingly with Brian Cusworth testing FC stopper Jonathan Hedge before the visitors took the lead when Whitehouse robbed Liam Hogan of the ball and broke clear to find the back of the net from the edge of the box.

It took time for the hosts to settle into their stride and they drew level six minutes later though Gregory.

The Blues defence was all at sea and the hosts took advantage as Holland got clear and drilled a low shot past Ben Simpson, the Frickley stopper, in the 20th minute for 2-1, while Tom Baker fired wide.

As with the first half, Frickley started the second brightly and came close to levelling when Simon Sturdy headed wide from a pin-point Whitehouse cross.

Town continued to push forward and James Kay diverted a shot off the line.

But the Shaymen grabbed a hold of the game and added a third in the 66th minute through Baker.

Whitehouse and Ashley Longstaff both came close to reducing the arrears late on as Peter Rinkcavage’s men refused to throw in the towel.

But the South Elmsall side couldn’t find a way back into the game and remain in the bottom four going into their final two matches of the season.

FC Halifax Town: Hedge, Hardy, Lowe (Phelan 54), Baker, Bower, Hogan, Milne, Garner, Holland, Gregory, Woods. Subs not used: Senior, Hogan, Heffernan, Keris.

Frickley: Simpson, Starosta, Kay, Ashmore, Sturdy, Lister (Jones 48), Watts, Darley (Longstaff 68), Cusworth, Catton (Walsh 46), Whitehouse. Subs not used: Colliver, Hindley.

See Thursday’s Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express for all the latest Blues news.