Champagne and tears

Frickley Athletic midfielder Danny Walsh receives a bottle of Champagne from Club Director Colin Theedom to mark 200 games with the Blues.
Frickley Athletic midfielder Danny Walsh receives a bottle of Champagne from Club Director Colin Theedom to mark 200 games with the Blues.

Evo-Stik Premier Division

MIDFIELDER Danny Walsh reached 200 not out, but the Blues are in danger of being down and out after slipping to a 1-0 defeat to Matlock Town at Westfield Lane.

Walsh received a bottle of champagne prior to kick off to mark 200 games with the club.

But he had little to celebrate in the aftermath as a superb strike from Ross Hannah gave the Derbyshire side the win.

Frickley lined up against Matlock and former striker Lee Morris with Matty Bloor in midfield alongside Walsh, pushing Ryan Watson onto the wing.

The Blues made a decent start to the game with Watson seeing his volley from a James Kay cross deflected wide, while the young defender put his 25 yard free kick straight at Adam Sollitt after Mark Whitehouse was felled by Gareth Davies.

Ashley Burbeary forced Adam Yates into a mistake by harrying him back towards his keeper and robbing him of the ball in the box, but Sollitt was out quickly to smother the ball at his feet.

Matlock began to mount attacks of their own with Ross Hannah breaking clear but Ben Simpson was equal to his low drive.

Watson was forced off at the break due to injury with Danny Simpson replacing him.

Frickley continued to press in the second half with Charles Fisher darting towards goal only to be unceremoniously felled 22 yards out but Mark Whitehouse’s free kick was straight at Sollitt.

Simpson drilled an effort from the edge of the area but again Sollitt was equal.

Next came the passage of play which proved decisive for the visitors.

A half–cleared effort fell to Davies on the edge of the area and he went close with a low volley while Simpson was called into action minutes later to deny a fierce effort from Lee Featherstone.

On 74 minutes Matlock found the breakthrough from a long punt from Yates.

Hannah collected the ball just inside the area, beat Dean Jones and curled a brilliant effort in off the far post.

Peter Rinkcavage threw on Kevin Sanasay as the Blues searched for an equaliser.

But it was Matlock who almost scored again when Hannah tried a speculative effort that rattled the crossbar while Nathan Joynes scuffed the rebound wide.

Simpson joined the attack for a last gasp free kick but Frickley could not find the net.

The Blues now sit third bottom in the EVo-Stik Premier Division, just a point ahead of Ossett Town in 21st.

Frickley face two away trips this week with a visit to Ashton United on Saturday followed by a Tuesday evening clash at North Ferriby United.