Frickley 1 Cleethorpes Town 2
Rue de la missed chances
They say that every day is a school day & I think the lads will have learned that profligacy in front of goal makes winning that bit more difficult. The Blues entered the field to the sounds of Dre & new superfan Wagner but we didn't quite have the X Factor to take the points.
Big Gav was missing due to the knock that he took on Saturday, Steve Hopewell replacing him & Chris Fairclough came back into the squad after recently becoming a daddy - congratulations Chris.
Apologies that the first half report is slightly abridged, my very expensive commentary capture device had a chronic malfunction - basically my phone packed up - so this account isn't packed full of every kick & header as it usually would be. The Blues were well matched by the visitors but even so could have been comfortably ahead due to the number of chances created by Nodder, Dugdale & the missile launcher Darkenbauer. Given that it could have been 5-3 at half time, the half ended goalless
Frickley were straight on the front foot after the restart & an early corner led to Hopewell powering a header into the onion bag. This was followed up by great chances for Haze, Jammer, Yatesy (from another Darker missile) & Dugwell (after set up work by Haze) but we couldn't get the 2nd that would have settled it.
The new father replaced Josh Nodder.
The midfield started to lose a bit of shape & Cleethorpes came back into it & scored with a penner on 69 minutes - I was in the lavatory so couldn't say whether the penalty was merited or not - but it probably wasn't. Hopewell came off to give Rhys Davies a run & the chances kept coming, Jammer hit the post then came the move of the game as Dugdale combined with Haze to set up Ben Wiles who pulled his shot just wide - it deserved a goal.
The visitors then made it 2-1. but we still had chances for parity or even to win the match, but it just didn't go for us.
The crowd was 255 & we thank you all for your attendance.
WEBMASTER MOTM - Nodder & Dugdale did well down the flanks & the defence (especially Jammer who was up front as much as he was back) meant that Sebba (on his 100th appearance) had little to do but the Glitterball goes to Steve Hopewell on this occasion - he gave an old fashioned centre forward display, not something you see very often these days.
Next up, Runcorn at home in the FA Cup on Saturday - hopefully we'll see you all there