|Ferrybridge Golden Lion F.C||0|
Both sides came into this fixture pointless, after their recent wins were chalked-off, with the resignation from the Cas Sunday League, of the team they took 3 points off.So the match took on a bit more importance than it normally would.
A good opening 10 minutes by the home side could've produced a couple of goals for striker's Ad Blackwell and James Lister, but Lion goalkeeper, Adam Carr, kept his side in the game with two saves, the second one a real good effort.These saves lifted his side and they began to get themselves into the contest and for the next 20 minutes, the match ebbed one-way then the other, with neither team producing anything of note to threaten the opposition `keeper.With a blazing hot day slowing both sets of players down, the first-half looked to be fizzling-out, but Fryston tried to up the tempo near the back-end, but to no avail and Golden Lion held-out upto the break.
An out-of-sorts Fryston have failed to light-up the Premier Division so far this season and so early in the second-half, they introduced Lee Hudson into the game, for his first appearance of the campaign and he made his mark straight-away with some typical robust tackles and driving runs with the ball.Paul Taylor, suffering from a cold but still giving his all, also caught-the-eye with his work-rate and this limited Lion to long-balls forward that Fryston's back-three of Andy Burrow, Andy Blackwell and Paul McNamara, easily dealt with.
The first chance of this half fell to Lister, whose low drive was kept-out by Carr, with his legs.More Fryston pressure saw them work the ball to Taylor but, once again, the opposition goalkeeper was up to the task of keeping the shot out.As the match continued, it was Fryston who looked the more likely side to open the scoring, but the final ball was often overhit or squandered.This allowed Golden Lion to mount a couple of counter-attacks that came to nothing, although on one occasion, Mark Edwards in the Fryston goal was called-upon to get down low to keep-out a long-range effort.
Fryston began to press again and the hard-work of wing-back Adam Clough nearly paid-off when his 30-yard shot just flashed wide.Then some excellent work from Ad Blackwell saw him make himself some space before turning and hitting a shot that flew past Carr but unfortunately smashed the underside of the bar and bounced out.Not long after, Fryston felt they should have had a penalty when Scott Cole had his legs taken from underneath him, but the Referee judged the tackle was fair, although the defender seemed to be nowhere near the ball.With the pressure rising, Lion began to play for the draw as the half made it's way into the final stages.Often due to the Colliers hitting the ball too long, they began to slow the game down and defend deeper.In a last throw of the dice, Fryston threw Burrow upfront, but his supply was frustratingly off-target and Golden Lion's last-line of defence stood firm, in fact, the visitor's could've nicked the 3 points at the death, when a rare defensive lapse nearly let-in them in, but the final shot was weak and Edwards collected easily.
When the final whistle blew, Lion were delighted with their efforts and they were the happier of the two sides with their point.Fryston, on the other hand, were very disappointed with the result.Their hit-and-miss season continues to frustrate everyone connected to the Club and understandably answers need to be found quickly, to prevent their season ending before it's got going.Despite the diappointment of the draw, they did dominate the match for long periods and several players made an impression, most notably Hudson, Clough and the Jill & Andy's Store MOM, Paul Taylor.
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