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Patts Match Snatch!
The 2 teams tried to put on a good show for the telly, but it got spoiled a little bit by some strange decisions.
Maltby isn't an easy place to go & win at, but we managed it in a somewhat attritional game - rain & rivalry all thrown into the mix to make it a good cup tie atmosphere.
Algar, Tyler & loan signing James Morris came into the starting line up for Liversidge, Dan P & Gav. Gary McSheffrey was on the bench too. Ex Blues Frosty, Nodder, Swales, Austin & Hopewell were in the Maltby squad
The pugilists sized each other up, largely in midfield, but Frickley had the first chance when a Hazel cross was headed wide by James Morris. 10 minutes later JB headed over from a Haze corner. 5 minutes later & Frickley took the lead, Tyler broke into the box & was chopped down. He got up & sent the keeper the wrong way from the penner spot.
That was the 54th game on the bounce that we have scored in.
Maltby came right back at us & scored with a powerful header from a dubious free kick that wasn't awarded & then was.....
Benny Algar had a powerful long range shot go wide & that was the last eventful action of the half
HALF TIME - MALTBY 1 FRICKLEY 1
Both Phil Watt & Danny Rowe were in the wars & Jammer replaced the former on 52 minutes.
Then came a piece of action that almost broke the internet. Haze broke free & struck a cracking shot which was met by an equally cracking save & Tyler headed the rebound goalward only for the keeper to recover & palm it over for a corner.
McSheffrey entered the fray, replacing James Morris & almost scored with his first touch but the keeper pulled off another good save to keep the score at parity.
JB was replaced by Dan Palmer (more of him later).
Shortly afterwards, Jameel ghosted in at the far post to meet a cross but his header from a tight angle went narrowly wide.
15 minutes left & Haze made one of his trademark breaks but instead of going for goal he puts in a clinical ball for Richie Patts to crash home from about 12 yards out. To say that Patts enjoyed the goal would be something of an understatement......
From this point onwards Frickley largely neutralised the game although Hugo did have to pull off a good save from Danny Swales. This was to be Swales last action of the game as shortly afterwards he brought down the marauding Palmer as he broke into the box. He was the last man & was shown a red card.
Frickley played down the clock without any alarms to progress into the next round
I hope the BBC viewers enjoyed the game - & guess what viewers you can actually see this kind of thing every week at your local semi pro ground. It's waaaaayyyyyyy better than sitting in a pub in Cheltenham wearing a Liverpool shirt watching players who don't know or care who you are. Give it a try - the Maltbys & Frickleys of the world deserve your support.
WEBMASTER MOTM - steady performances across the squad. The defence gave Hugo a fairly quiet afternoon again, but he dominated when coming for his crosses - Danny Rowe was the stand out defender for me. When you watch the highlights you won't see The Fire McGuire featuring much but he put a right shift in, breaking down attacks & instigating all the good Frickley stuff & was constantly in the ear of all his team-mates. But for his all round performance & for scoring his first, & ultimately match winning, goal the Glitterball goes to the Rolls Royce Richie Patterson. Salut!
504 through the gate which was an excellent turn out given that you could have sat in a pub in Cheltenham & watched it....thank you to everyone who travelled from South Elmsall. It was the 3rd highest FA Cup attendance of the day in games featuring Evostik teams.
Another fantastic photo album by Onion Bag (including the 'Flying Spaniel' pitch invader - great shout Shane) & video from Frickley Athletic TV You Tube channel
Next up Tadcaster on Tuesday - hopefully we'll see some of you there