First Team vs. Frickley Athletic (0 : 3)
Club’s involvement in the FA Trophy came to a stuttering halt on Saturday at the Home of Football, writes Stuart James, as once again they fell afoul of a Frickley Athletic “hat-trick hero” to succumb to a comprehensive 3-0 defeat.
After being on the receiving end of a three-goal salvo from Jake Picton back in 2013, and one from Gavin Allott last month, it was the turn of Jacob Hazel to register a hat-trick for Frickley against Sheffield FC, scoring in the 15th, 42nd and 62nd minute.
In similar circumstances to September’s league encounter, the home side started well – though without the gift of a two-goal start – but were unable to really test the lanky keeper Seb Malkowski.
The first chance Sheffield really had, saw Derry Robson put through one-on-one with the goalie, however it was Malkowski how came out on top to win the battle.
Moments later Frickley showed what a danger they were; Gavin Allott breaking down the left to set up Jacob Hazel, with the number 8 rounding Dylan Parkin – only to embarrassingly slice wide of the open net into the side netting.
The home jeers soon turned to visitors’ cheers, as minutes later HAZEL broke clear on the left, driving the ball through Parkin at the near post to make it 0-1.
Club made a valiant effort to get back into the game, typically pressing forward at every opportunity, however the closest they could come was when a Ben Algar cross was headed over the bar by Jamie Hadfield.
Just before the interval Athletic drew second blood, as Josh Nodder sent a neat ball through to HAZEL, and with the defence standing off him he was able to curl a neat shot into the top corner to make it 0-2.
Sheffield came out of the blocks strong in the second period, but after several sorties upfield, the ere hit by a sucker punch to effectively kill the game on the hour.
A corner into the Sheffield box was cleared out to the edge of the area, lurking there was HAZEL, who made it look simple enough to volley the ball straight back with interest and into the net.
The hosts continued to drive on, James Gregory had a shot straight at Malkowski, whilst Sam Colbear went close with a header – but they never ever really looked like salvaging anything from a lost cause.
It could have had an even more slanted scoreline, after Hazel zipped through a rather static and tired looking defence to square the ball to Allott for a tap-in – thankfully, it was ruled out for offside.
Sheffield FC: Parkin, Turner, Algar, Robson, Colbear, Hadfield, Cooksey ©, Sykes, Purkiss, Gregory, Brownell. Subs: Magee, Dawes, Roney, Goodwin, Price.
Frickley Athletic: Malkowski, Gr.Allott, Bailey, Patterson, Ible, Burton, Bloor, Hazel, Hopewell, Ga.Allott ©, Nodder. Subs: Darker, Dugdale, Palmer, Armitt, Stancliffe.
|Lee Cooksey ©||