Green the hero in Frickley victory

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Jamie Green’s superb penalty save helped Frickley Athletic conquer Blyth Spartans and acquire three valuable Evo-Stik Premier Division points.

Frickley fielded three debutants in Green, Joe Wilcox and Gareth Clayton, and took the lead after 18 minutes from the penalty spot.

Wilcox overlapped down the right, only to be brought down by Joe Kendrick. Gavin Allott converted the resultant spot kick.

Kendrick made amends for his error by heading Blyth level after half an hour, but the home side responded well.

Wilcox’s cross was diverted over the bar and from the resulting corner, Liam Hardy pounced to restore Frickley’s advantage.

The hosts thought they had scored again in the 64th minute when Allott was on target, only for him to be ruled offside.

And Blyth got the chance to nick a point when Patrece Liburd was judged to have pulled down a player, and a penalty was awarded.

Green parried Neal Hooks’ penalty away, however, and Frickley held on for the win.

Frickley travel to Stafford Rangers in the League this Saturday, kick-off 3pm,and entertain FC United of Manchester next Tuesday, kick-off 7.45pm.

Parkgate, meanwhile, took all three points from a fiesty affair at Armthorpe Welfare which saw three goals, two red cards and a penalty.

It was Parkgate who took the lead from the penalty spot just before half time, when Adam Shepherd was upended.

Craig Fletcher struck the spot kick low to the left of Welfare keeper William Biggs, to give his team the advantage at the break.

Armthorpe came out fighting in the second half, and just six minutes had passed when they drew level.

Daniel Ferguson found himself alone in the box, and he took full advantage with a stunning finish from an acute angle into the roof of Rob Poulter’s goal.

Armthorpe, who had hit the woodwork three times in the game, were reduced to ten men when Bradley Johnson was given a straight red card by Chesterfield referee Alex Pashley.

The home side then made full use of their extra man to nick a late winner, when captain Shepherd got his head on Chris Telling’s cross.

Two minutes later, though Shepherd went from hero to zero when he, too, was dismissed by the referee for his second bookable offence.

n Parkgate: Poulter, Johnson, Hickey, Shepherd, Griffiths, Westney, Dawson, Fletcher, Smith, Dickinson, Hill.