Frickley Go Through to Final

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Posted 07th April 2016 - Posted in Match Reports

A cup semi-final against a higher division team is a good way to test your mettle as you prepare for what can still be an interesting run-in. 

Despite getting a bit of a rough lesson in the realities of the pyramid Hallam did plenty to give themselves a boost as they look to extend their season.

A bright start showed that Hallam had enough to cause the visitors a few problems, but gradually Frickley asserted themselves and took the lead after 15 minutes showing a quality of ball into the box and finishing that was to prove the marked difference between the sides. 

Hallam can be happy that, far from capitulating, they pressed on after the goal and caused plenty of problems, being especially unlucky not to poke home one of three attempts during a scramble deep into the half.

So it was a bit unlucky to be hit by not just one sucker punch on 40 minutes, but a second right on half time. Frickley were sharper with their crossing and fininshing, but 3-0 seemed a bit unfair.

Again the Hallam heads didn’t go down and with some of the Frickley players apparently a bit mardy about having to play as it dropped chilly on clear Sandygate spring night, looked the likeliest at the beginning of second half. 

Finally after 65 minutes Micah Bishop got his eye in and lashed a great shot across the keeper for the goal of the night, which signalled a rash of decent chances. Almost immediately Pemberton hammered a shot from the edge of the area after a corner, drawing a great save from the keeper, and a couple of minutes further on Frickley cleared a header off the line.  

But the second goal didn’t come and with just over 10 minutes left Frickley killed the game with a neat break leading to a close range tap-in. Just as in the first half that wasn’t it and a fifth right at the end of the game meant the score didn’t do any justice to the Hallam efforts even if there was a certain logic to it.

But back in the league, Hull’s point deduction means that Hallam’s route to the play-offs is in their own hands. And the spirit and the chances were plenty enough to suggest that Hallam have every chance of getting the results they need to make it.

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