Evo-StikNPL, Saturday 26 October 2013

By Gary Owen

Although it remains difficult to see where Droylsden’s first win will come from, the effort of the players cannot be doubted. Despite falling behind to an early goal, that looked suspiciously offside, Dave Pace’s men never gave up, and for long periods in the second half posed several questions of their fellow strugglers.

That disastrous start came inside two minutes, when a Frickley free kick was cleared out of the box, only for the ball to be returned in to Andy Villerman, and with the visiting defence looking for a flag that never came, the Athletic defender stabbed past the exposed Sam Andrew.

Neither keeper was really tested for the remainder of what was a dour first half, with Andrew making a routine save from James Burgess, and Tom Woodhead doing likewise for Frickley from Dylan Maloney’s tame effort. Matt Bloor almost connected with a dangerous low cross into the Droylsden area from Burgess as the half thankfully drew to a close.

The second period sprang to life early on, as Athletic had hit the woodwork twice in as many minutes, firstly, when Gavin Allott struck the bar with a header, and then Jake Picton was unlucky to see his curled effort beat Andrew, but strike the upright.

However, Droylsden were undone by another free kick delivered into their area, when Sam Denton rose unchallenged to head at Andrew. The Droylsden keeper looked to have saved the defender’s effort, but he allowed the ball to escape his grasp and Denton made no mistake given a second opportunity.

Domaine Rouse’s 30 yard effort deserved more than to thump the bar, with Tom Woodhead beaten all ends up, and then Daniel McLoughlin fired a free kick through the Frickley wall, which Woodhead turned around the post for what has to go down as an excellent save seeing as he saw the ball very late.

Woodhead saved again, this time from Adam Gilchrist, but Frickley held on to send The Bloods home with once again nothing to show for their efforts, who this time out were skippered by none other than the returning Conference North title winner, Carl Ruffer.


FRICKLEY ATHLETIC:       Woodhead, Gardner, Jeffs, Picton, Denton, Villerman, Clamp (Fox, 57’), Bloor, Burgess (Fearon, 70’), Allott, Ghaichem. Subs not used – Stratford, Kenny, Hinsley.

DROYLSDEN – Andrew, Grant, Edmundson (Brandao, 57’), Gaskin, Ruffer, Hampson, German (Gilchrist, 67’), Rouse, Moore, Maloney (McLoughlin, 69’), Tandy. Subs not used – Okusa, Wolstenholme

Referee:                                Mr. Tom Bramhall (West Yorkshire)

Attendance:                          168

Category: Match Reports