Frickley feel the Blues as FA Cup dream ends

Frickley Athletic v Sheffield FC. Gavin Allott
Frickley Athletic v Sheffield FC. Gavin Allott

Frickley bowed out of this season’s FA Cup after a below-par showing against Northern league side Marske United, losing 3-1 at Westfield Lane.

Frickley, without regular goalkeeper Tom Woodhead due to work commitments, drafted in local goalkeeper Louis Butcher before kick off, and the Blues were also without the suspended duo Jake Picton and Phil Oniama.

Frickley, who lost loanee Jay McFadzean to illness in the warm-up, and saw Gavin Allott limp off before half time, were on the back front from the off as United began strongly.

Butcher was called into action in the second minute, blocking well at the feet of Andy Jennings. Six minutes later Josh McDonald threw himself to the ground as Butcher came out, but referee Joe Hull was unmoved.

Frickley had a let off when Jennings’ goal was ruled out for offside, and Luke Hinsley had the home side’s first chance approaching the 20 minute mark.

The visitors had another goal disallowed for offside, but eventually took the lead on 41 minutes when Jennings’ header crept over the line.

Frickley responded and had two efforts cleared off the line, but they went 2-0 behind on 78 minutes when Jennings converted from just two yards after good work from McDonald.

The game was beyond all doubt when United added a third on the break. John Alexander created the move, and Glenn Butterworth finished it off with an angled shot from just inside the box.

Frickley added a 94th minute consolation, when Joe Kenny played a one-two with Joe Fox and slid the ball home.

n Frickley: Butcher, Wilcox, Gardner, Fox, Gray, Jeffs, Ghaichem, Bloor, Hinsley, Allott (Fearon, 49), Kilburn (Kenny, 63). Unused: Villermann, Redfearn, Davies, McFadzean, Rose.