Fisher is no friend as Frickley exit FA Trophy

Frickley Athletic v Sheffield FC. Luke Hinsley
Frickley Athletic v Sheffield FC. Luke Hinsley

Former Frickley player Charlie Fisher returned to haunt his former club as the Blues went out of the FA Trophy after losing to Brigg Town.

Fisher, introduced as a 63rd-minute substitute, deceived Frickley goalkeeper Tom Woodhead with a curling cross, after Luke Hinsley had cancelled out Luke Jeffs’ unfortunate own goal.

Frickley boss Karl Rose, who again named himself on the bench, was without the services of the suspended Steve Gardner, after five yellow cards, whilst Sam Denton and new signing James Burgess were both ill.

Phil Oniama filled in at right back, with Joe Wilcox and Andy Villermann at centre and left back respectively.

Frickley’s new-look back four, however, could do nothing about Brigg’s seventh-minute opening goal.

Jordan Thewlis crossed from the left and Ryan Paczkowski’s tame header was destined for the arms of Woodhead.

That was until the ball struck Jeffs, however, and the goalkeeper could only watch as the ball trickled inside the post.

Hinsley spurned a good chance to equalise five minutes later, heading wide at the near post from a Jimmy Ghaichem cross. And Thewlis did likewise at the back post for Brigg on 15 minutes, following a deep free-kick from Anthony Bowsley.

Brigg were looking a yard quicker all over the pitch and, after Paczkowski listed a 20 yard shot over the bar, they had a great chance to go two up just before half time.

Thewlis played a dangerous ball across the face of goal, but Wilcox managed to clear the danger.

The Blues came out with a bit more purpose in the second half and equalised in the 49th minute when Hinsley headed home Jeffs’ corner.

A minute later Hinsley almost turned provider when he played a ball across the box for Joe Fox, but goalkeeper Rob Zand was off his line quickly to block the shot.

The Blues started to take charge of the game, but disaster struck on 77 minutes when old friend Fisher turned foe and deceived Woodhead.

In the 89th minute, Gavin Allott’s header beat Zand - but rebounded off the crossbar.

n Frickley: Woodhead, Oniama, Villermann, Picton, Wilcox, Jeffs, Fox (Clamp, 68), Bloor, Hinsley, Allott, Ghaichem (Fearon, 80). Unused: Kenny, Stratford, Rose.