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Kidsgrove Athletic
Frickley Athletic
Sat 23 Sep 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK South Full time Attendance 120

Kidsgrove 3 Frickley 2

Isaac Newton knows his stuff

Newtons 3rd Law states that every action has an equal & opposite reaction - & this can be proven by a comparison of our first half performance compared to our second half , & by our game management as a whole compared to our game management against Spalding.

With the same starting 11 as Tuesday & a couple of tweaks to the bench (Hopewell & Patterson returning), the Greens were on the offensive for most of the first half, & whenever they passed the ball on the deck it was a question of 'how many' not 'if'. Even when Kidsgrove equalised with their only attack of the first half (we switched off from a corner) we should have had more than enough to win the game. But for some reason we lowered our game to match that of the opposition in the second half & decided to go mostly aerial instead of passing the ball.

An early chance for the Greens, Jammer tidied up well & got it forward to Haze, who hit a powerful shot but all along the ground & a comfortable save ensued. 10 minutes gone & the inevitable goal came - Bloory whipped in a good ball & Gav touched it on & Haze finished it off for his 7th of the season.

Kidsgrove Athletic 3 - Frickley 2    23/09/17
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Nodder was chopped down as he broke through & Haze took the free kick but it slid just wide.

Kidsgrove eventually ventured into the Frickley half & were awarded a corner which they scored from.

Straight back onto the offensive, & Nodder stuck the ball out to Carl Stewart who tried a long curler which went just over.


Frickley had several early chances but when Kidsgrove scored their 2nd goal with their 2nd attack, the equal & opposite reaction took place. We didn't hold or distribute the ball well at all & this meant that the front 3 were fed on a very poor diet.

Spen switched it around a bit - Grant Allott, Josh Nodder & Duggie coming off, being replaced by Yatesy, Rich Patts & Steve Hopewell.

The home team got their 3rd when a shot that was destined for Alton Towers hit a player & ricocheted into the net - that was pretty much game over but there was still plenty of incidents to report. Teddy Bloor was lucky to get yellow instead of red when he pushed a Kidsgrove player to the floor. The player was being substituted & left the field at the speed of a 90 year old man carrying his dead wife & Bloory gave him a hurry up - but he's better than that & he shouldn't have done it. Shortly after a Kidsgrove player saw red, & was lucky to escape a custodial sentence as he deliberately went through the back of Jammer about knee high.

The Greens got a minor lift in the last minute of normal time when Jammer scored with a header & seconds later almost repeated the dose but his header landed on top of the nets instead of in it.


We need to accept that some teams will view playing Frickley as their cup final & we need to be mindful of that & perhaps develop a similar mindset.

WEBMASTER MOTM - most players played OK, better performances first half than second half - stand out players were Jammer who gave a great display first half & scored one & almost got another at the death, Jack Burton & Nodder were particularly effective first half but the Glitterball goes to Bailey who played at a consistent level all the way through the game, passed it well when required & put it in Row Z when required.

I, for one, will be looking for a positive reaction next Saturday when we play Bedworth at the Wezziecana

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Basford United 42 100
2. Alvechurch 42 85
3. Frickley Athletic 42 82
4. Bedworth United 42 74
5. Chasetown 42 73
6. Stamford 42 71
7. Leek Town 42 68

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