Tues 12 October 2010, Frickley Ath 1 – Sheffield FC 2 (FAC 3QR)

Tues 12 October 2010     Frickley Athletic 1 – Sheffield FC 2          (Westfield Lane, South Elmsall)

Location: Westfield Lane, South Elmsall, Pontefract, West Yorks, WF9 2EQ
Admission: £8 (General Admission)
Programme: £1.50 (48 pages / 26 ads)
Attendance: 322 (with around 75 from Sheffield)
For Directions & Ground Details, see earlier link here: (Frickley v Kendall)
On The Pitch: Sadly for Frickley fans, this game was very much a case of another opportunity missed. A chance to progress to the final qualifying round of the FA Cup, with an inviting home tie against lower league opposition, gone begging. And an opportunity to approach tonight with a different gameplan to Saturday’s, puzzlingly passed by also.
Once again, Frickley played very much into Sheffield’s hands. The away side were comfortable on the ball, inventive going forward, played a good passing game, worked well as a team, and were always encouraging each other. The home side on the other hand were far too quiet, seemed lacking in leadership, cohesion and composure, and repeated use of the long ball just had the effect of giving the emphasis to Sheffield far too much.
A big factor was probably having changed management recently, with new Blues boss Peter Rinkcavage not having got to know his players inside out yet, nor having had a chance to mould the team in his own style. In hindsight, they would have stood more chance of progressing in the cup had ex-manager Billy Heath still been in charge. But what’s done is done, and hopefully their league form will pick up in due course as a result of the change, and the FA Cup disappointment is a price that has had to be paid instead.
Anyway, having avoided talking too much about the nuts and bolts of the game, while Sheffield constantly had the lions share of the possession, it was Frickley who got the ascendency after taking a  20th minute lead through Lee Morris. Sadly, they were never able to capitalise on this slender advantage, and the away side always looked likely to hit back, which they did just before half time. The again impressive Gascoigne unpicked the Frickley defence, avoiding two challenges before threading the ball past Simpson. The second half then brought more of the same, and though Frickley had the odd decent chance to score, it was Sheffield who settled the tie in the 88th minute through that man Gascoigne again. Game over for Frickley for another year as far as the FA Cup is concerned.

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