Frickley men see red in defeat against Ashton

Football - Frickley Athletic (blue) v Blyth Spartans (green). Frickley's Gavin Allott. (H520M306)
Football - Frickley Athletic (blue) v Blyth Spartans (green). Frickley's Gavin Allott. (H520M306)

Frickley Athletic had two men sent off as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Ashton United in terrible weather conditions on Saturday.

Ben Simpson and Gavin Allott were the men to see red, Simpson in the 83rd minute and Allott in stoppage time.

Simpson was given the nod to start in goal, and Joe Wilcox moved into midfield to replace the injured Matty Bloor.

Loan signing George Grayson had to be content with a place on the bench alongside Luke Hinsley, who made room for the returning Ryan Paczkowski up front.

The Blues carved out a good chance after just four minutes, when Fernando Moke sent over a good cross from the left. Allott just got his head to it, but the ball glanced wide with Leon Osborne just failing to get a meaningful touch at the back post.

Ashton then took the lead with their first attack of the game, just two minutes later.

Dale Johnson held the ball up well inside the Frickley box and fed Matthew Chadwick on the right.

He delivered a great cross for the unmarked Chris Baguley, who fired past Simpson from eight yards.

Two minutes later Moke found the net, only for his strike to be ruled out for offisde.

But still, the Blues continued to push forward and Allott saw his effort cleared off the line by Steve Halford.

Andy Villermann and Joe Wilcox then both had good opportunities to equalise, the latter’s goalbound header cleared on the line under the crossbar.

Frickley continued to pressure in the second half, and Paczkowski had the Blues’ best chance of the game on the hour when Allott perfectly picked out his run into the box.

But his finish was far too casual allowing Philips an easy block.

Immediately, Paczkowski was replaced by Hinsley - but within minutes, Ashton had effectively put the game out of the Blues’ reach with a second goal.

Baguley picked up the ball on the left, beat Jeffs and hit a strong shot into the roof of the net from 20 yards after 64 minutes.

Simpson then saw red after rushing out and bringing down Chadwick, and Allott followed him to the dressing room in injury time after sliding in for a challenge with Greg Pearson.