Blues lose in cup preview

FRICKLEY’S FA Cup heroes failed to reproduce their magic as the six match unbeaten run came to an end with a 1-0 defeat at Hednesford Town.

The Blues are back in knockout action in the third qualifying round at Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday and would have hoped to travel to Lincolnshire with momentum.

But the same side which saw off Harrogate Town in the previous round failed to take their chances against Hednesford and a goal just before the break proved their undoing.

It was a clash when defences were on top as both sides had few chances.

The hosts settled best as Jamey Osborne saw his effort from outside the box deflect wide off Gary Hay.

Brad Grayson went close to volleying Frickley ahead on 19 minutes when he connected with Mark Whitehouse’s cross only to send it wide.

Chris Shaw rattled a free kick back off the crossbar while Hay saw a low effort pushed wide by Adam Billard.

Grayson went off injured on the half hour, replaced by Jack Watts.

Hednesford took the lead on the stroke of half time as Frickley failed to clear a deep Shaw cross and Chris Clements drilled a low effort into the bottom corner.

Whitehouse almost drew the Blues level straight after but his free kick was deflected narrowly wide.

Frickley had several chances to equalise after the break, Grant Darley having the first but his shot was blocked.

Watts narrowly missed a Whitehouse cross while Dan Crane had to react quickly to keep out the follow up.

Billard prevented Hednesford going further ahead when he stretched to keep out Darren Campion’s free kick and repeated the feet to keep out a long range Clements effort.

Frickley went close to snatching a late equaliser but Watts could only clip the bar from 20 yards.