Frickley Athletic lift Senior Cup

A 4 – 1 win including three goals from the strike partnership of Reece Thompson and Gavin Allot, was enough to defeat Nostell Miners Welfare in...

Frickley manager Karl Rose said he was delighted with the performance.

“We stuck to the game plan and I thought we created numerous chances and we were ruthless in taking those chances.

“Nostell were always going to give it a big go, we knew we couldn’t underestimate them.

“Fair play to them second half they really did give it a go and it was a good game of football.

“It was only when the third and fourth went in that we could really relax and enjoy it.”

Frickley got off to the perfect start when striker Reece Thompson went through after only four minutes and slid the ball past the on-rushing Ben Saynor.

Although the game slowed down somewhat, after 16 minutes Thompson was unable to chip Saynor as Frickley searched for their second of the game.

Nostell winger Steve Wales was unlucky not to find striker Dale Kelly after he fizzed a dangerous cross into the Frickley penalty area.

However after 21 minutes a defensive mix up saw Nostell’s Max Elliot lob his own keeper trying to play the ball back to him.

Just after the 30 minute mark, Nostell forward Rob Bordman struck a dazzling free kick into the top corner from around 30 yards out.

At 2-1 the game was back in the balance but four minutes later the ever dangerous Thompson was brought down in the area and awarded a penalty which Allot converted confidently.

After half time Frickley immediately set about looking for a fourth when some tidy passing between James Davies and Gavin Allot found Thompson unmarked but in an offside position.

Nostell gradually worked their way into the game and began creating chances, the best of which came after a scramble in the Frickley penalty area fell to Matthew Thompson, whose shot was tipped over the bar by keeper Ben Simpson.

Allot had a chance to seal the game when Thompson was brought down in the Nostell area for the second time in the game. However Saynor read his attempt to cheekily dink it past him and caught it without any problems.

Five minutes later Frickley finally finished off an industrious Nostell side when Thompson went through on goal and placed it past Saynor on a tight angle at the near post.

Thompson was desperately unlucky not to bag his hatrick when he curled a shot onto the cross bar from the edge of the area with only minutes remaining.

So it was Frickley Athletic who lifted the cup this year in a final that saw both teams give their all.

The cup was presented to captain Matt Bloor by Rotherham United’s Chief Operating Officer, Paul Douglas.

The team of officials should also be congratulated, keeping the game flowing, so well done to referee Anthony Tankard his assistants, Luke Watson and Matthew Tyers and 4th official, Martin Edwards.

Finally a big thank you to everyone at Rotherham United for their hospitality and helping to stage the game.