Fryston's awful start to the season continued in this defeat to high-flying Ladybalk, who were very good value for the win.The confidence seems to have deserted last season's Premier Division Runners-Up and, as a result, they today sit rock-bottom of the table.
Ladybalk opened the scoring in the first-half after dominating early on, but the goal had a whiff of controversy about it, when Paul Taylor, playing at the back, was adjudged to have brought-down his man, though Fryston felt the player went to ground far too easily.The penalty was awarded and prolific striker, Scott Savage, stepped-up to send stand-in `keeper, Stuey Leach, the Fryston Treasurer who had to sign-on to play that morning, the wrong way.Leach was called upon to deny Ladybalk a couple of times afterwards as Ladybalk pressed forward, before Fryston got themselves back into the game with an equaliser.Good work by hardworking Adam Clough, saw him keep the ball from going dead and whipping in a cross for Ad Blackwell to head home.Back came Ladybalk and there was more than a doubt about the next goal they scored.With Fryston pushing-out to play the offside trap, it looked-like they got it spot-on, but no whistle came, leaving the defence stranded.Leach made an initial good save but the ball rebounded across the face of the goal which Savage just beat Taylor to and he prodded home the home side's second.Despite the Fryston protests, the goal stood and a competitive half ended with Ladybalk holding the, probably deserved, lead.They were definitely the better side in the first period, as Fryston's play was littered with silly, individual mistakes, and you could say they were fortunate to be only the one goal down.
Playing down the slope in the second-half, Fryston felt confident they could apply some sustained pressure but those individual errors were still blighting their play and Ladybalk dealt with a number of attacks before hitting Fryston with a sucker-punch.Awarded a free-kick, left of the Collier's 18-yard box, the ball was hit low into the area.Leach dived-down low bravely in a 50/50 challenge with a defender and an attacker and the ball shot across the 6-yard box, where it was dispatched, with Fryston reacting far too slowly to the situation, Savage applying the finish to complete his hat-trick.
Needing inspiration from somewhere to avoid a total collapse, Fryston got it from sub Mikey McNamara who supplied Clough, who inturn, fired home from a tight angle into the far corner.Now, at last, Fryston began to force the home side back towards their own goal and the pressure paid-off when Clough smacked in another to level the scores.It seemed the away side would now kick-on but once again, unfortunate mistakes lead to their downfall.With the first one, Leach slipped while booting the ball down the field and the ball fell short and to the Ladybalk right winger.A quick counter-attack, some lack-lustre defending and a tidy finish by midfielder, Danny Charlotte, put Ladybalk back into a lead that they weren't to relenquish for the rest of the match.Then a defensive error let-in Savage not long after and with time-to-spare, he picked his spot and drilled past Leach to notch his fourth and cap an excellent display.
So the problems continue to stifle Fryston's play.Although in parts they look more-than-capable, some poor decisions and unforced errors are being punished too regularly and their first win of 2012-13 continues to allude them.Ladybalk, on the other hand, keep their unbeaten run going.They are working hard to create chances and have the confidence to put them away when they present themselves.Momentum is giving them the belief that they can make a big impact in their debut season in the Premier Division.
Standing-out for Fryston in another disappointing performance were Leach, especially in the first-half, Clough, who never gave-up and was rewarded for his efforts with his two goals and eventual Sponsor's Jill & Andy's Store MOM, Paul Taylor.
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