Evo-Stik League: Frickley feel the Blues as Trafford hit four

Fernando Moke
Fernando Moke

A last-minute consolation goal from Jake Picton was not enough to mask a disappointing performance from Frickley against Trafford.

The Blues went down 4-1, with Trafford’s Michael Oates netting a double.

Martyn Andrews and Shelton Payne then put Trafford 4-0 up, before Picton’s late consolation.

Frickley, who handed debuts to new signings Fernando Moke and Leon Osborne at the expense of Jimmy Ghaichem and Tyler Collishaw, were on the back foot from the first whistle, as Trafford saw a 20-yard shot fly over the bar in just the third minute.

Moke’s first action as a Frickley player was to cross for the onrushing Matty Bloor, but the captain’s first-time volley flew inches wide of the right hand post.

Gavin Allott faced Trafford goalkeeper Tom Read into a smart save, but ten minutes later Trafford broke the deadlock.

Oates latched onto a long ball and ran clear, beating the advancing James Hitchcock with the Blues defence appealing for offside.

Oates then rounded Hitchcock again, but his shot hit the crossbar.

He was not to be denied, though, and doubled his side’s lead in the second half. Hitchcock spilled Payne’s long-range shot, and Oates followed up to score from close range.

Andrews then added a third with an angled shot past Hitchcock, and Payne capped a fine individual run with a neat finish for 4-0.

There was some late cheer for Picton, when he steered an angled shot home to reduce the arrears.

Frickley Athletic: Hitchcock, Gardner, Villermann, Picton, Denton (Jeffs, 53), Wilcox, Moke, Bloor, Hinsley (Kenny, 76), Allott, Osborne (Ghaichem, 75). Unused subs: Stratford, Hood.