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Frickley Athletic
Sat 9 Feb 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - East Division Full time Attendance 265

Stamford 0 Frickley 0

Wild is the wind

The 265 who attended the game didn't get to see a footballing extravaganza as a result of the swirling & howling wind that seemed to be blowing in 4 directions at the same time!

Frickley started with the same 11 that played against Spalding.

Chances were very much at a premium throughout the game - Todd Jordan set up Haze but his shot was blocked out for a corner & Tyler released Big Ant who had a good opportunity but his shot was saved & Hazes follow up effort went well over. In the second half the main talking points were an excellent save from Hugo from a rare Stamford attack, a Stamford player attacking Jammer which left Jam on the floor in the goalmouth (the Stamford player was extremely lucky to get away with a yellow) & a very contentious decision right at the death. Ben Algar took a corner & Greg Young headed it down. All the Frickley players were adamant that the ball had crossed the line but nothing was given. As we didn't have VAR it couldn't be resolved - although one 'wag' in the crowd said that we DID have VAR, Very Average Refereeing!

Personally I think the officials have to do a difficult job under testing circumstances - as was illustrated with a prime piece of simulation in the box to try to win a penalty & get a man sent off.

So, not a game that anyone will mark down as the best ever but Frickley controlled the game throughout - that's 1 defeat in 12 games now & the 2nd clean sheet on the bounce.

WEBMASTER MOTM - good performances throughout the squad. The defensive unit neutralised Stamfords attacking options. The midfield triangle of McGuire, Tyler & Todd looked strong & once again Big Ant came in for some brutal treatment. But the stand out for me was Ben Algar, played at wingback for most of the game & nearly all of the Frickley attacks in the 2nd half were instigated by him. Well done Ben.

TWITTER POLL MOTM - a dead heat!!! Big Ant & Ben both polled the same votes with Jam only a couple of votes behind & Sam Liversidge also polled. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote.

A big thanks to all the Blues fans who travelled in numbers once again.

Next up we're at home to Lincoln next Saturday - see you there

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
10. Marske United 26 38
11. Loughborough Dynamo 27 38
12. Frickley Athletic 28 37
13. Lincoln United 28 37
14. AFC Mansfield 27 28
15. Spalding United 28 27
16. Stocksbridge Park Steels 27 26

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