Peterborough Sports 3 Frickley 2
Battling Greens slip to defeat...
The only things that are certain in life are death and taxes, and in sport, that winning runs come to an end. After a record-equalling 8 league wins on the trot, this is what happened to Frickley as Peterborough Sports brought the high-flying Blues/Greens down to earth with a bump, or more of a squelch on that pitch.
John Stancliffe continued in goal whilst new signing Tyler Walton came in for his debut in midfield as Jack Burton moved back to the bench. Otherwise it was the same side that did for MDT last week.
Plenty of rain prior to kick-off and throughout the game meant that the pitch most definitely took a stud. The tricky surface contributed to Peterborough getting off to a flyer in the 5th minute as Patts slipped on halfway, allowing Peterborough to make a break. Jordan Macleod rounded a backtracking Jammer at pace and slotted the ball home from 10 yards, low to Stan’s right in the Frickley net.
There followed a largely scrappy period of the first half with chances few and far between. A long punt forward from Stan dropped to Haze who made to shoot but shanked well wide in the 13th minute. Haze was at it again after 20 minutes, having a rasping shot blocked by a defender. A slip by Ben Algar on 27 minutes gave Peterborough a chance but they shot yards over.
The Greens got a free kick inside the Peterborough half on 38 minutes which Ben Algar lofted to Burns, he flicked on to Haze just inside the box who crossed low and with pinpoint accuracy for a sliding Tyler Blake on the far post to crash it in to make it 1-1, with his third goal in two games.
Peterborough weren’t finished yet though as they went close with a header on 41 minutes, Jammer and Stan combining to get the ball over the bar and to safety. Then just when it looked like the Greens would be going in on level terms at the break, Peterborough won a corner three minutes into time added on at the end of the half and Josh Moreman was allowed a free header to nod in at the back post. Half time - Peterborough 2 Frickley 1.
Spen made two substitutions at the start of the second-half bringing on Cammy Hough and Jack Burton for Danny Burns and Tyler Blake.
The Greens looked up for it, Haze getting a chance on the edge of the six yard box after 53 minutes, the sort you’d normally put your house on Haze scoring, but the keeper, Daniel George made a crucial block which dropped to Patts whose shot was parried away and was finally put out for a corner. Peterborough also had a couple of half chances.
The Frickley forwards were incensed in the 59th minute when the referee prevented Haze from challenging at a drop ball, following a delay for an injury to the keeper that the Greens thought unnecessary. Concentration was lost for a moment and Peterborough moved the ball quickly upfield, with it ending up in the Frickley net, fortunately it was ruled offside by the linesman.
The Boys in Green renewed their efforts with two chances in quick succession falling to Ben Algar, forcing the keeper to stop low to his left, and Big Gav had a header nodded off the line. In the 66th minute Duggie picked up the ball on the left-hand touchline and swung in a teasing cross that the defender, Josh Sanders, could only glance into his own goal under extreme pressure from Haze.
A Green substitution was made before the restart as Darkenbauer was brought on for Tyler Walton in midfield. Equally Peterborough brought on the magnificently-named Avelino Vieira who proved a handful from the off.
Frickley appeared increasingly in control but a run down the right by Peterborough in the 78th minute led to a speculative cross that crucially evaded every green foot but not Vieira on the edge of the six yard box. Despite a hint of offside, Vieira made no mistake as he slipped the ball past Stan to make it 3-2.
The Greens threw everything at it for the last 12 minutes, including putting Jammer up front and sending Stan up for corners. A Jammer header did manage to force a great save from the Peterborough keeper, Daniel George but Jammer got no more than a corner for his efforts. Pushing for the equaliser left Frickley a bit stretched at the back and Peterborough had another chance on 87 minutes that required a goal line clearance from Cammy Hough.
Deep into time added on, Duggie created the most outrageous chance of the day as he hung back behind the keeper after he collected a high ball into the box, Duggie waited for him to put the ball on the deck then nipped in to steal the ball off of George’s toes but the keeper was alive to the danger and blocked Duggie’s shot, with the ball rebounding to Jammer but his attempted pass into an empty net went just wide of the upright, chance gone. Full time - Peterborough 3 Frickley 2.
We weren’t on top form, Peterborough are scrapping for their lives at the bottom of the table and the pitch was a great leveller, together these factors combined for a difficult afternoon. However, looking at the bigger picture that we’ve taken 25 points out of the last 30, it’s hard to be disappointed for long and we’ll no doubt see a positive reaction in our two games next week.
WEBMASTER MOTM – Teddy Bloor, Jammer, Ben Algar and Cammy Hough all ran hard for the cause in treacherous conditions, and Teddy took a couple of whacks for his trouble too. Stan claimed everything in the air. Patts, Darkenbauer and JB were midfield machines as usual, there was never any question of them giving up without a fight. Tyler Walton looked a useful addition to the midfield unit too. Big Gav battled up front as a captain should, constantly looking for an opening, and Duggie ran tirelessly down the wings - with a moment of brilliance at the end that deserved more than it got. But this week, the glitterball goes to Jacob Hazel, Haze did everything but score including setting up the first goal and forcing the defender to turn into his own net for the second. Regardless of the result, your efforts were much appreciated sir.
The attendance was 136 with a good number making the long journey from South Elmsall, we thank you for your dedicated support. We are away at Swallownest on Tuesday in the Sheffield Cup and then at home next Saturday against Kidsgrove in the league. Hope to see you there.
We also thank our good friend @TheOnionBag1 for the fine pictures.