Frickley Athletic 2-1 Worksop Town
Two first half headed goals from Danny South helped the Blues overcome Worksop Town and gave them a fighting chance of avoiding relegation.
The Blues took the lead in only the second minute of the game. Grant Darley was fouled to the right of the box and when James Ashmore swung over the resulting free-kick Danny South powered a header into the back of the net from 6 yards.
Eleven minutes later the Blues doubled their lead when Turner’s pin-point cross from the left was met by a great looping header from South which dropped in the top right hand corner.
Worksop had their first effort on 19 minutes when Massiah McDonald cut in from the right and pulled the ball back for Steve Melton to shoot straight at Stephen Dickinson from 25 yards. A minute later Lee Beeson had a low angled shot comfortably saved by Dickinson.
Darely had a 25 yard shot deflected wide for a corner after 23 minutes whilst at the other end Stuart Ludlam was forced to slice a dangerous cross over his own crossbar and McDonald glanced a header just wide of the left hand post.
On 33 minutes Ollie Ryan was brought down on the left hand edge of the penalty area and Ashmore’s free-kick was pushed away by Mario Ziccardi.
Six minutes later the lively McDonald ran at the blues defence before finding Jamie Jackson on the edge of the box. He in turn fed the overlapping Beeson whose low angled shot was well blocked by Dickinson.
Worksop got the goal they had been threatening on 40 minutes with a great piece of individual skill from McDonald. Former Frickley player Ash Burbeary fed McDonald on the right and he cut into the box before riding several chances and sliding the ball past Dickinson from 6 yards.
As the half entered stoppage time Mark Gray headed an Ashmore corner over the Worksop bar and Burbeary almost broke clear inside the Blues’ box but Dickinson blocked with his legs.
Although the second have lacked the quantity of goalmouth action that the first had it still had its moments. On 61 minutes McDonald just failed to make contact with an inviting cross from Matt Young on the right whilst v5 minutes later Ashmore put a 25 yard free-kick over the bar.
On 80 minutes Jackson looped a header against the face of the crossbar following a free-kick from the left of the box. Whilst on 83 minutes Worksop should have equlised. A great cross from the left flew across the face of goal and left Craig King with an unmarked goal to score into from a yard out at the far post but he somehow managed to his the post and the danger was cleared.
With a couple of minutes to play the Blues forced a series of corners. From one of these Ziccardi flapped at the ball which landed on the roof of the net.
The win moves the Blues up a place to 20th and, crucially, just 2 points from safety with 3 matches to play.
Frickley Athletic : Stephen Dickinson, Kelvin Bleau, Ben Turner, Cecil Nyoni, Mark Gray, Stuart Ludlam, Grant Darely, James Ashmore, Danny South, Ollie Ryan (David Cyrus 90), Ryan Mallon. Unused subs. Brad Grayson, Danny Walsh, Jon Hood.
Worksop Town : Mario Ziccardi, Ryan Clarke, Owain Warlow, Matt Young, James Cotterill, Kern Miller (Chris Wood 32), Lee Beeson (Craig King 71), Steve Melton, Massiah McDonald, Jamie Jackson, Ash Burbeary. Unused subs. Gregg Taylor, Alex Nightingale, Sean Cuff
Referee : Mr. N. Hopton
Attendance : 249