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Frickley Athletic
K May (36')
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J Cyrus (3', 18'), J Hazel (75')
Sat 9 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - Premier Division Attendance 418

The Pole in the goal denies Reds a play-off place

Chaotic defending contributed to a damaging defeat with Reds now needing a dramatic upturn in form to resurrect their play-off hopes.

They shot themselves in the foot not once, but three times, and finished a well beaten side as Frickley obtained their obligatory good result at Borough Park.

Yet for a twenty minute period up to half time, Reds produced their best spell of football for weeks only to hand the initiative back to the visitors.

Trailing to what manager Derek Townsley described as, “two soft goals”, Reds reduced the arrears when Kyle May headed home powerfully via a Jake Simpson corner.

Scott Allison was then wrestled to the ground by Jameel Ible and the referee awarded the home side a penalty.

But top scorer, Allison, dragged his spot-kick wide with the ball brushing the foot of the upright on its way for a goal kick.

Had that gone in, it would have capped a good fight back from Reds and set-up a platform for a potential, and vital, win in the second half.

By then, they had gifted in-form Athletic two goals, both headed home by John Cyrus. His first came from a Steven Jeff’s free-kick when he rose unchallenged to direct the ball home, with just three minutes on the clock.

Another cross into the danger area, fifteen minutes later, was headed home from further out with Reds appealing that Tyler Williams had handled the ball as it entered the net. The officials’ take was the ball had already crossed the line.

In between the gift-wrapped goals, Joe McGee was thwarted by a fine reflex save from Polish goalkeeper, Sebastian Malkowski.

The Frickley ‘keeper then kept out an Anthony Wright shot and palmed away a McGee header. He, Wright and the ball did finish in the net on one occasion but the ‘Nat Lofthouse type goal’ was correctly disallowed.

Wright, who had an inspired first half, also saw a thumping shot rebound off the post with Malkowski, for once, helpless.

Reds carried the momentum into the second half, but Malkowski confidently caught a McGee snap shot then gathered Conor Tinnion’s attempt on the turn.

The pendulum swung the other way when Frickley were awarded a free-kick, from which Macauley Parkinson brought the best out of Jonny Jamieson. From the subsequent corner, the ball evaded everyone at the near post but the unmarked Thomas Davie saw his shot strike the other upright.

The decisive third Frickley goal was the result of more kamikaze defending as Williams tricked his way past Josh Calvert and Jake Simpson, before finding Jacob Hazel at the far post who converted with ease.

Rob Wilson went in search for his first goal for the club but was denied a late consolation when Malkowski again saved spectacularly.

“You cannot give any team a two goal lead and expect to win, but we fought back well only to concede another sloppy goal late in the game,” was a dejected Townsley’s post match retort.

Workington: Jamieson, Simpson, Smith, May, Calvert, Wright, Hebson (McCartney, 70), Wilson, Allison, McGee, Tinnion. Substitutes – Hammell, Studholme, Bethwaite, Mitchell (not used).

Frickley Athletic: Malkowski, Davie, Jeff, Parkinson, Cyrus, Ible, Akeroyd, Gooda, Hazel, Hinsley (Wood, 60), Williams. Substitutes – Stratford, Rose, Hood (not used).
Referee Dave Underwood, Hambleton

Bookings: Tinnion, Wilson (Workington), Parkinson, Akeroyd, Gooda (Frickley Athletic).

Attendance: 418

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Key moments

Goal John Cyrus scores for Frickley Athletic
Goal John Cyrus scores for Frickley Athletic
Goal Kyle May scores for Workington
Goal Jacob Hazel scores for Frickley Athletic

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90:00 Player of the Match
Joe McGee is awarded player of the match for Workington
81:00 Yellow Card
Sam Akeroyd is yellow carded for Frickley Athletic
79:00 Yellow Card
Conor Tinnion is yellow carded for Workington
75:00 Assist
Tyler Williams makes an assist for Frickley Athletic
75:00 Goal 1 - 3
Jacob Hazel scores for Frickley Athletic
72:00 Sub On
Rob McCartney is substituted on for Workington
72:00 Sub Off
Robbie Hebson is substituted off for Workington
64:00 Yellow Card
Robert Wilson is yellow carded for Workington
60:00 Sub Off
Luke Hinsley is substituted off for Frickley Athletic
60:00 Sub On
Christopher Wood is substituted on for Frickley Athletic
End of period 1
38:00 Missed Penalty
Scott Allison misses a penalty for Workington
36:00 Goal 1 - 2
Kyle May scores for Workington
36:00 Assist
Jake Simpson makes an assist for Workington
33:00 Yellow Card
Bailey Gooda is yellow carded for Frickley Athletic
19:00 Yellow Card
Macaulay Parkinson is yellow carded for Frickley Athletic
18:00 Goal 0 - 2
John Cyrus scores for Frickley Athletic
3:00 Assist
Steven Jeff makes an assist for Frickley Athletic
3:00 Goal 0 - 1
John Cyrus scores for Frickley Athletic
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As it happened

  • Workington
  • Frickley Athletic
  • 0
  • John Cyrus Goal 3:00'
  • Steven Jeff Assist 3:00'
  • John Cyrus Goal 18:00'
  • Macaulay Parkinson Yellow Card 19:00'
  • Bailey Gooda Yellow Card 33:00'
  • Kyle May Goal 36:00'
  • Jake Simpson Assist 36:00'
  • Scott Allison Missed Penalty 38:00'
  • Luke Hinsley Sub Off 60:00'
  • Christopher Wood Sub On 60:00'
  • Robert Wilson Yellow Card 64:00'
  • Robbie Hebson Sub Off 72:00'
  • Rob McCartney Sub On 72:00'
  • Jacob Hazel Goal 75:00'
  • Tyler Williams Assist 75:00'
  • Conor Tinnion Yellow Card 79:00'
  • Sam Akeroyd Yellow Card 81:00'

Team selection

Jamieson, Jonny Jamieson, Jonny
Simpson, Jake Simpson, Jake
Smith, Sam Smith, Sam
May, Kyle May, Kyle
Calvert, Joshua Calvert, Joshua
Wright, Anthony Wright, Anthony
Hebson, Robbie Hebson, Robbie
Wilson, Robert Wilson, Robert
Allison, Scott Allison, Scott
McGee, Joe McGee, Joe
Tinnion, Conor Tinnion, Conor
Frickley Athletic
  • 1. Sebastian Malkowski
  • 2. Thomas Davie
  • 3. Steven Jeff
  • 4. Macaulay Parkinson
  • 5. John Cyrus
  • 6. Jameel Ible
  • 7. Sam Akeroyd
  • 8. Bailey Gooda
  • 9. Jacob Hazel
  • 10. Luke Hinsley
  • 11. Tyler Williams
  • 17. John Wood
  • 15. Karl Rose
  • 14. Lee Stratford
  • 12. Christopher Wood

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Darlington 1883 46 104
2. Blyth Spartans 46 99
3. Salford City 46 90
4. Ashton United 46 87
5. Workington 46 86
6. Stourbridge 46 84
7. Frickley Athletic 46 77

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