Kidsgrove Athletic suffered back to back home defeats after losing 3-1 to 13th placed Frickley Athletic.
Before the encounter begun the Grove sat a point behind the visitors in 14th place but after today’s result it sees them move 4 points adrift of their opposition and it also means that they slip into 16th place in the BetVictor Northern South East Division.
The fixture started off very brightly with both sides pushing men forward early on and this showed when Frickley took the lead inside 8 minutes when a cutback from the left found Michael Hollinsworth whose shot came off captain Jacob Hazel who reacted quickest to the loose ball and it was an easy enough job for the prolific striker to slot the ball into the bottom left hand corner.
However, it didn’t take the hosts long to even up the scores and it was a special moment for Kyle Blake who grabbed his first goal for the Grove when he poked home at the back post after being found by an Alex Morris cross from the left hand side.
For the remaining of the first period it has to be said that it was a very fiery contest with both Richard Duffy and James Butler picking up bookings for the hosts and Frickley were furious that Duffy didn’t pick up a second booking when he went strong into a challenge despite winning the ball which caused the visiting players to claim for a red card that was unsuccessful.
The Grove did have the better chances though to go into the break with the advantage firstly through Sam Hall whose half volley from 25 yards rattled off the crossbar just before the half an hour mark then through Kidsgroves all-time top goalscorer Anthony Malbon who was just unable to clip the ball past goalkeeper Thomas Jackson inside the six-yard box as the keeper made a very smart save.
As the second half began even though the hosts started brighter than their opponents with them also having a penalty claim when James Jennings went down inside the box under pressure from the Frickley defence it was, in fact, the West Yorkshire outfit that regained their lead.
This was achieved again through Jacob Hazel who latched onto a through ball that went into the box after Kidsgrove were unable to clear their lines from a corner kick from the left hand side and the former Chesterfield striker needed no second invitation as he curled the ball past Kieran Harrison into the top left hand corner.
Once Frickley’s second goal was scored the home side struggled to carve out many clear cut openings as the away side chose to sit much deeper and had 11 men behind the ball the majority of the time the hosts had the possession.
It was actually Frickley that had the next best chance and arguably should have scored from it with 18 minutes remaining when Jonathon Margetts latched onto a long ball from defence, the Frickley striker was able to skip past Duffy but one on one with Harrison he couldn’t find the finishing touch as his shot smashed the crossbar and bounced away to safety to the relief of Kidsgrove.
It didn’t take long though for the visitors to get their third goal that they had been pushing for ensuring that they would take maximum points back to West Yorkshire and once again it came through Jacob Hazel. Frickley went on the counter-attack from what the Grove believed to be a backpass to Jackson but the referee viewed that no offence was caused. The ball found its way to the left hand side and the cutback found Margetts whose effort from the penalty box was brilliantly kept out by Harrison. The danger wasn’t away for long though when again the ball was found on the left hand side and another cutback this time found Hazel who made no mistake to find the target as he arrowed the ball into the top left hand corner to make sure that the Grove suffered their second defeat in the space of 5 days.
Malbon did have a chance late on to potentially give Kidsgrove hope of a point but his header at the back post clipped off the near post and the follow up was cleared away to safety which capped off a very disappointing day for the Grove at the AutoNet Insurance Stadium.
Kidsgrove Atletic: Harrison, Hart, Morris, Hall, Duffy, Butler, Phillips (Diskin, 73), Blake (Thompson, 73), Jennings (Adu-Gyamfi, 65), Malbon ©, Willaimson.
Unused subs: Bergin
Frickley Athletic: Jackson, Boocock, Willaims, Currie, Mcgowan, Jordan, Wells (Hancock, 90), Hollinsworth, Margetts (Wilson, 85), Hazel (Sherburn, 87) and Davie.
Unused sub: O'Reilly