Evo-Stik Football: Ghaichem’s in the wars as Frickley earn a point

Frickley v Kendal Town. Jimmy Ghaichem
Frickley v Kendal Town. Jimmy Ghaichem

Frickley Athletic moved five points clear of the Evo-Stik NPL relegation zone, after a 0-0 draw with relegation rivals Witton Albion at Westfield Lane.

The draw saw the Blues remain sixth bottom in the table.

Witton currently occupy the fourth relegation spot, but they do have five games in hand on the Blues.

Frickley missed a golden opportunity to put daylight between them and the bottom four, having enjoyed the majority of the possession against Albion.

But their forward line struggled to break down a spirited Albion defence.

Boss Karl Rose welcomed back Joe Wilcox and Matty Bloor after suspension, whilst Joe Kenny returned to the substitutes bench.

Albion enjoyed the first chance of the match, when Chris Simm saw his shot deflected by Andy Villermann.

From the resulting corner, Ben Harrison blazed over from eight yards. Frickley’s first sight of goal came after 17 minutes, when Gavin Allott flicked on a free-kick from Wilcox and Jimmy Ghaichem’s shot was deflected wide.

Luke Hinsley and Bloor then spurned good opportunities, before Allott put an overhead kick over the bar. The game threatened to get out of hand just before half time when referee Chris Ward missed Michael Powell shove Ghaichem in the face, leaving him with a bloody nose.

Ghaichem took matters into his own hands, kicking out at Powell seconds later.

Ghaichem was then cynically brought down from behind by Jonathan Breeze. Tyler Collishaw fired into the side netting from the resulting free-kick.

Frickley could have snatched a winner in the last minute, but Picton’s effort from 18 yards clipped the crossbar.