Belper 0 Frickley 6
Blues fall one goal short of 007.....
Between the 3 of us, the Media Team have seen every Frickley game this season - some have been lacklustre, some have been OK, some have been good, some have been very good. Yesterday was something else......
Baldrick Fearn had a cunning (game) plan which the squad executed with vim & vigour & delivered the best team performance I've seen in a long long time. New signing George Milner (who has been playing football in Norway) joined the bench but that aside it was pretty much business as usual.
Frickley went straight onto the front foot & stayed there for the whole 90 - Darker sprayed the ball out to Ben Algar & he twisted & turned his defender & got a cross in for Duggie (more of him later) to try a very ambitious back heel that landed on the roof of the net. Next up it's Tyler Walton with the ball at his feet on the edge of the box, he sits a lovely cross up for Haze to head (yes, head) home, 1 nil 14 minutes gone. By the time I'd finished tweeting the first goal it was 2 nil - long cross into the box ping pongs around & Danny Burns with an excellent finish, hooking it over his right shoulder with his back to goal.
Plenty more attacking by the Greens, Jammer has a good chance with a header that drifts just wide & then Haze makes it 3 nil on the half hour. Delicious ball out to Ben Algar from Tyler Walton, Ben turns his defender all over again & rolls the ball into Jacobs path for his to caress it home from the edge of the box. Haze almost made it 4 with a rasping free kick but the keeper pulled off a great save to palm it over. Reece McGinley dinks in a lovely ball which Jammer met but his effort his the bar.
HALF TIME - BELPER 0 FRICKLEY 3
Teddy Bloor replaced Sam Liversidge early on - Sam picked up a knock in the first half - but it was just more of the same from the boys.
We had to wait until the 53rd minute until the momentous event......the ball fizzes around in the area & the Darkenbauer knees it home!!!!! He tried to give the goal to Jammer (with some justification if you watch the video) but we wouldn't let him! We stayed off the pitch.....
George Milner got a run out at this point, replacing Tyler Walton - Tyler pulled the strings all game & deserved the ovation that he got
Haze got his hat trick on 70 minutes, a Darkenbauer exocet throw is cleared to Jacob about 25 yards out. 1 touch to control it, 1 more to smash it home. His 41st goal of the season which makes him joint highest scorer in a post war season, level with a young lad called Gary Hooley. It was his 64th career goal for the club. This was his last action of the afternoon as he was replaced by Cammy Hough.
Frickley played some mouth watering football but what had gone before was simply the hors d'oeuvres before the banquet of footballing skill that was served up for the 6th goal. Cammy Hough picked up the ball on the edge of the box from a cleared corner & he flighted a lovely cross just past the far stick. Tom Dugdale leapt about 5 feet in the air & smashed a scissor kick volley home off the post. I've never seen anything quite like it (watch the slo mo version that Meds has posted).
& that, as they say, was that. Frickley served up a beautiful, brutal display from gun to tape. We met a lovely gentleman & his wife & he has been watching Frickley since 1945 (making him 2 years older than Hoody....) & I doubt he's seen many more comprehensive victorys than this one. He went home with 6 goals, 3 points & a new Frickley hat!! Frickley legend Neil Holland was at the game too.
WEBMASTER MOTM - easy, the whole squad
213 through the gate, with a good number from South Elmsall. Thank you to everyone who travelled.
Next up we are away to Spalding on Tuesday to replay the game that was abandoned recently. On the subject of abandoned games, yesterdays match between Colwyn Bay & Trafford was abandoned after Danny Frost picked up a very nasty injury after colliding head first with a wall. Fortunately the quick reactions of the liner prevented it becoming a whole lot worse. Zahir Mustafa - we salute you #notallheroeswearcapes
We're glad to say that The Iceman is recovering in hospital - everyone at the club sends their best wishes & get well soon mate
Moving pictures courtesy of Frickley Athletic You Tube channel, static pictures courtesy of our very good friend Onion Bag (including one of amiddle aged man over-reacting!!)