Frickley on top but denied by early goal

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Frickley Athletic suffered a 1-0 defeat at high-flying Ilkeston but were the better side for much of the game and deserved some reward.

The goal came in the third minute from James Reid and the Blues finished with ten men as sub Jameel Ible was sent off in stoppage time.

Manager Karl Rose stuck with the same side that drew at Blyth in midweek, although Ible, Luke Jeffs and Ben Simpson all returned to the squad and were on the bench. Jake Stannard and Gavin Allott were still absent through illness and Matt Young was unavailable.

The home side took the lead with the first effort of the game as Reid was left in space on the left of the box to fire in an angled shot which went in off the far post.

Ilkeston threatened to overwhelm their visitors but slowly Frickley weathered the storm and started to stamp their authority on the game.

A couple of corners in quick succession tested goalkeeper Jordan Smith.

Sam Leigh was off his line quickly to deny Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson as Ilkeston showed their pace on the break but at the other end James Kay went agonisingly close on 32 minutes when his 20 yard free-kick sailed just wide of the top right hand corner.

The Blues continued to enjoy most of the pressure in the second half although the home side were dangerous on the break.

Matt Bloor met a cross from Brad Riley in the 58th minute but his effort was deflected wide for a corner.

Bloor fed Reece Thompson but his angled shot from the right of the box flew over Kay saw his 25 yard free-kick just clear the bar in the 84th minute and a minute later Ible replaced Payne with Broadhead moving up front.

In the second minute of stoppage time Ible tangled with Ilkeston substitute Jake Wright outside the box with Wright going down. The referee awarded the free-kick and harshly judged that Ible had denied a goal-scoring opportunity and showed him a red card.

Frickley: Leigh, Parkinson, Kay, Hornsey, Cyrus, Broadhead, Riley, Bloor, Thompson, Hinsely, Payne (Ible 85). Unused subs: Jeffs, Stratford, Rose, Simpson.