Blues pay the penalty as Wilcox sees red

Frickley Athletic FC.'Tom Woodhead.'h316d334
Frickley Athletic FC.'Tom Woodhead.'h316d334

Ten-man Frickley felt hard done to after slipping to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Ilkeston last weekend.

Frickley, who had Joe Wilcox harshly sent off on 74 minutes, then suffered a double blow five minutes later when a soft penalty was awarded, and duly converted to condemn them to defeat.

The two decisions infuriated Frickley’s players and management alike, with Matty Bloor and Luke Jeffs both booked for their protests. Jon Hood was also dismissed from the technical area.

In testing conditions, Frickley were under pressure from the start and Sam Denton, on his debut, had to be alert to deny Kane Richards from breaking clear in the box.

But Frickley, who were missing key trio Ollie Fearon, Jay McFadzean and Gavin Allott, almost hit back when Bloor won the ball in midfield, drove forward and fired a 25-yard shot just wide of the left-hand post.

Ilkeston had the chance to go ahead from the penalty spot after Wilcox brought down Richards in the box, but Tom Woodhead saved Aaron Webster’s effort brilliantly.

But the game changed after 74 minutes on a contentious decision by referee Anthony Moore.

Wilcox and James Reid both challenged hard but fair for the ball on the touchline with the referee harshly awarding Ilkeston the free-kick.

To the bemusement of the crowd, Moore then decided he had seen Wilcox elbow Reid, and sent him off.

Moore then infuriated Frickley further still on 79 minutes when Joe Maguire tumbled inside the box, and Moore awarded another penalty. This time Webster beat Woodhead from the spot, and Bloor and Jeffs both went in Moore’s book for their protests.