Leek Town 2 Frickley 2
Sparkl(er)ing game & a crack(er)ing day out
The Media Team thoroughly enjoyed their day out at Leek - picturesque drive to the game via Castleton, nice ground, decent folk, vegan chips, peas & gravy, good football, plenty of commitment & passion.....& the Greens were 2 minutes away from all 3 points.
Darkenbauer came into the back line in place of Grant & Haze returned after his 1 match suspension, that aside it was business as usual.
The Greens scored with pretty much the first attack of the game, Duggie swung in a free kick, Jammer rose like a salmon to head it & looped it divinely into the corner of the home onion bag - Jammers 3rd of the season in his 100th appearance for the club.
We all know that Darkenbauer can launch his exocet throw ins but he's got a scud missile of a cross on him too & he hit a lovely low cross which Shinner met but headed just wide.
1 each from a corner on 10 minutes, turn & shot beating Sebba.
Greens back on the front foot & a cracking ball in from Duggie shot across the face of the goal & it only needed a touch but the only touch it got was from a Leek defender to put it out for a corner. This lead to a series of corners for the Greens, Haze had a shot deflected wide, another effort deflected wide & ended when Jameel had a great chance from about 8 yards out but his shot went just over. More chances came the Greens way, Jammer set up Haze & the keeper palmed it wide & Cam Hough had a good opportunity with a header & Cam followed that up with a rasping 20 yarder that went just wide
HALF TIME - 1 APIECE
Patts had a great run & he set up Gav for a shot from the edge of the box which brought out a very good save from the keeper.
Hopewell came off on the hour & Danny Frost came on to replace him. 10 minutes later & the Greens were ahead, Jameel brought down just inside the box & Haze stuck the penalty home despite a good effort from the keeper - number 14 for Jacob
Duggie came off shortly afterwards & was replaced by Fab Bailey.
Iceman had a great run to the byeline & smashed a cross ball across the face of the area & Gav was centimetres from sticking it home.
Next up the main talking point of the game, Frickley clipped the ball forward & Gav was in a chase with the keeper as to who got to the ball first. The keeper was about 10 yards outside his box & appeared to use the 'Hand Of God' - the ref & the liner both missed it & Leek went straight down the other end & scored. That aside the ref showed a lot of common sense - he didn't go waving cards about all over the shop when players went down like they'd been hit by a sniper bullet only to miraculously jump up 5 seconds later - I can only assume he took inspiration from the onlooking Barry Lamb (2nd best ref we've ever had at Frickley). Lamby also gave the Media Team some gloves to wear too - what a guy. It also means that I have worn a glove that has been on the hand that has brandished a red card in a Lithuanian Division 2 fixture, I shall probably never wash again.
FINAL SCORE - 2 EACH. We'd probably have taken that after 25 minutes as we weren't firing on all cylinders at that point but it actually felt like a loss - it always does when you concede at the death. But that's 4 unbeaten in the league & it would have been our 5th straight victory over Leek had we held out (stats courtesy of Andy 'Stainless' Steel)
Photoset from our good friend & advocate Onion Bag who was on top form again yesterday.
WEBMASTER MOTM - much improved from Ashton, good shifts all over the pitch, Sebba making the difficult stuff look routine, Duggie delivering good balls, Patts doing the dirty work in midfield. Despite conceding 2, the back line played very well & Cam Hough ran him very close but the Glitterball goes to Darkenbauer. He doesn't try anything fancy - he wins his headers, he makes his tackles & he knows when to distribute & when to stick it in Row Z
Next up, we're away to Sheffield in the Senior Cup on Tuesday, see you there.