Basford 3 Frickley 2
As a result of Respect & all that shenanigans we're not allowed to say too much about match officials these days - & quite right as they have a difficult job to do in trying circumstances. So all I will say is that Specsavers missed out on 2 customers yesterday afternoon.....
Both Basford goals in the first half had more than a whiff of offside about them but the missed penalty award would have been laughable had it not been so sad. In a move last seen when Honeyboy Zimba bodyslammed Mick McManus on World of Sport wrestling, a Basford defender wrestled Gav Allott to the ground as he was about to pull the trigger from 10 yards out. Same liner missed all 3.....just sayin'
The artificial pitch at Basford would be best suited to a childrens playground....as would the antics of some of their players. If a breeze of wind is going to take you down as though you'd been hit by a barrage of sniper fire, then you're probably best suited to touch rugby or maybe even kiss-catch.....
Despite the swings & see-saws of misfortune that hit the Greens throughout, they tried to bring adventure to the playground. Grant Allott came back to the starting 11, with Yatesy moving into his accustomed midfield role. Carl Stewart started too with Hopewell on the bench, Nicky Darker was on the bench too & came on for a dramatic cameo performance (more of which later) as was new signing Morgan Amit, the latest from Mick Thompsons conveyor belt of talent - the U19s Academy #futurestars
Not much to report early on apart from the constant plumes of black dust every time the ball bounced on the oversized doormat - the Greens first effort came from Yatesy with the outside of his foot but the keeper saved it comfortably. Soon after Duggie swung in a corner that was cleared off the line & the follow up shot was cleared from the danger area. After 15 minutes Basford took the lead - apparently we weren't playing offsides. Less than 10 minutes later we achieved parity, a series of headers set up Haze for another precision finish - similar to his opener against Belper on Tuesday - his 5th of the season.
First bit of disruption came when Rich Patterson picked up an injury early in the half & eventually had to go off - Jack Burton was his replacement.
Basford scored their 2nd dubious goal on the half hour.
Yatesy had another good chance from another quality corner by Duggie but he planted his header wide of the right hand post. Gav had a good chance, Yatesy & Stewy set him up but he shot wide.
HALF TIME - BASFORD 2 FRICKLEY 1
The Greens were straight onto the front foot, Teddy Bloor fed Carl Stewart who anticipated the beach ball bounce better & fed Haze but his shot was saved.
2nd disruption - Grant Allott picked up a knock in the first half & eventually had to come on in the second half - enter Darkenbauer......
Throw in on the right for the Greens, Darker exocet is launched, Jameel flicks it on, Gavin does the rest - number 93 for Frickley & his 5th this season - the way the Big Man is playing it won't be long before he raises his bat for the century.
Darkers next involvement resulted in a red card for him & a Basford forward - apparently the forward thought it was OK to grab hold of Nickys testicles. I really, really like Nicky Darker but that's a line I wouldn't cross - he married recently & that sort of carry on is reserved for him & his new bride. So Darker isn't best pleased by this & shoves the player away (you would, wouldn't you?). The ref goes over to talk to the liner, Imran Khan (presumably about the finer points of swing bowling as he was relatively untroubled by the finer points of football), & eventually he shows red to both players. Yatesy had to go back to defending again (& shortly afterwards got a smack in the face - no action taken).
Next up, Haze moves the ball to Teddy Bloor who swings a lovely ball in for Stewy but he powered his header just over the bar.
Duggie made way for Steve Hopewell, who took up a position on the wide right rather than his usual place up top.
Haze fizzed in a good cross for Carl but he headed over once more - a lovely passage of play though.
Next up came the missed penalty award.....
The game was in it's final knockings when Basford got a free kick (we should have gone DRS with Mr Khan) & when it came in it eluded everyone apart from a Basford player lurking at the far post who made it 3-2 & that was the final score - can someone look up travesty for me?
WEBMASTER MOTM - no-one had a bad game, Yatesy & Haze were a constant threat, Teddy Bloor was excellent again, I thought Carl Stewart had his best game for Frickley, Jack Burton did well in midfield when he replaced Patts but the Glitterball goes to Gav - he was involved in every good move that we had, scored 1 which would have been 2 if sense had prevailed with the penalty..
151 through the gate - almost a third of them from South Elmsall, good support, well done.
The result sees us 8th in the table, having played 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th in our first 6 games
So, we move on - next up we're away at Sheffield FC on Tuesday