Sheffield FC returned to Westfield Lane for a second time this week, and once again came away victorious, this time winning 1-0 courtesy of a magnificent strike from Cody Prior that lit up an otherwise dreary encounter on Non-League Day.
The opening of the first half saw very little goalmouth action of note, echoing the happenings of Tuesday evening’s Integro Cup encounter between the two teams, as Frickley’s defence stood up firm by resisting any penetration from the visiting attack.
The first effort on target however came at the top end of the slope as Bradley Wells’ shot on the turn was straight at Jonathan Hedge, giving the Sheffield keeper very little trouble, whilst Michael Hollingsworth shot over midway through the half.
Club’s first strike of note came from Cody Prior, hitting a lovely strike that was headed for the top corner, only to be tipped around the post by Tom Jackson’s acrobatic save.
Controversy reigned just after the half hour mark, as Michael Williams was visibly tripped by his opposition namesake Tyler in the area, with the referee waving play on despite the Sheffield man staying down whilst still being clear on goal should he have managed to stay on his feet.
All arguments were some forgotten on 36 minutes, Prior once again tormenting his former club’s defence with a solo run, before unleashing a fierce left foot strike that left Jackson with no chance.
The lead could have been doubled in injury time, as a great ball from defence from Ash Grayson set Mitchell Dunne free on the break, with Prior denied by another great save by Jackson who reacted well to tip the ball over the bar.
With Sheffield playing up the slope in the second half, they were the more positive again early on, with Marc Newsham’s glancing header well saved by Jackson following a great cross by Michael Williams.
For Frickley Brad Wells was the player most likely to cause any damage, with his strike partners being unusually quiet, and it was Wells that went closest overall in the second half as Hedge did very well to turn the shot round the post.
Most of what action there was on show was at the other end, with Club nearly profiting from a neat training ground move, as Prior’s corner routine to Williams caused Jackson to pull off another great stop to keep Frickley in the game.
Jackson denied Williams once again in the last ten minutes, Newsham putting the Sheffield man-of-the-match through on goal, only to see his shot saved once again by Frickley’s star-man.
The hosts exerted late pressure in hope of snatching a late point, however there was no getting past the solid back line led by Rob Darkin and Rian McLean, with Sheffield easing their way over the finishing line for a well deserved three points.
Frickley Athletic: Thomas Jackson, Sam Liversidge, Thomas Davie, Jake Currie, Brad McGowan, Todd Jordan, Tyler Williams, Michael Hollingsworth, Thomas Clare, Brad Wells, Jacob Hazel ©. Subs: Elliott Wilson, Rieves Boocock, Jack Harrison, Lewis Bowring.
Sheffield FC: Jonathan Hedge, Stuart Ludlam, Brad Beatson, Rian McLean, Rob Darkin, Lee Cooksey, Michael Williams, Ash Grayson, Marc Newsham ©, Mitchell Dunne, Cody Prior. Subs: Ted Cribley, Jordan Chapell, Rory Coleman, Alex Wonham, James Gregory.