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Fryston didn't seem to have the right attitude when starting this opening fixture of the Castleford Sunday League's Premier Division and when they went down to an early goal, with the match barely touching 10 minutes, things went downhill from there.
Take nothing away from Oddfellows, who came into the match not knowing what to expect, but their attitude, enthusiasm and willingness to work for each other was above anything the home side had to offer.Rob Tate opened the scoring for them when he latched onto a defensive mistake and more lax marking allowed to him to drive the ball towards goal, from just outside the area.The ball bounced just infront of stand-in `keeper, Mark Stanley, before clearing his outstretched arms and hitting the back of the net.If the home crowd expected some kind of reaction from their side, they were going to be disappointed, as Fryston couldn't seem to get out of first gear and they were often troubled by the determination of a much younger and inexperienced side.
Time-after-time, Fryston attacks fizzled-out because of a lack of communication and forward-thinking.Adam Clough tried hard down the left-hand side, as did leftback, Scott Cole, but Fryston's play was subject to some too-frequent silly errors and they were punished once again for poor defending when Oddy's no.9, Mark Baggaley, found acres of space on the right-side of the 18-yard box and beat Stanley at his near post with a confident finish.At last, Fryston woke from their lethargy and James Lister was handed an opportunity to reply but he could only blaze his shot well over.It was that sort of match for the home side, as their play was often littered by these individual mistakes that cost them dearly, during a first half where they were second to every ball and couldn't string three passes together without giving the ball away.
The half-time whistle couldn't come quick enough for Manager, Trevor Adamson, and his team-talk at the break focused on the need to improve the many negative elements of their first-half play and at the start of the second period, Fryston began to put pressure on the visitor's defence, but the goals still would not come.A mixture of a lack of a final ball or some impressive last-ditch defending prevented Fryston finding a way back into the match.Josh Thornton in the Oddfellows goal was also on form and he gave his side a platform to hold onto their lead.After labouring for long periods, Fryston were hit by a classic sucker-punch when a quick Oddy's counter caught the defence all over the place and that man Baggaley bagged his second of the match, making time and space for himself, before blasting the ball past Stanley, giving Oddfellows a massive 3-goal advantage that Fryston were never going to peg back.In fact, if they were still playing, Fryston would probably be still making hard-work of the situation.
In a last desperate attempt to gain some credibility, Fryston threw Andy Burrow upfront to partner Lister and Liam Cooper and the move nearly paid-off straightaway when he connected with a cross from the right, but his header was hit down the middle and Thornton stood his ground to collect safely.More good work by Burrow created another chance for one of his team-mates, but again Thornton scrambled the shot out.
The final whistle put Fryston out of their misery.It had been a performance well below expected standards and Oddfellows took full advantage of the home side's lack of urgency, throughout the match.Beaten in every department, the Colliers need to take a long, hard look at themselves, especially the senior players, who failed to show anything-like their true form.This maybe a wake-up call for the side who only lost one game in the League all last season and perhaps now they will realise, they won't get anything handed to them in 2012-13 and that they need to return to the hungry-side that they were, 12 months ago.
Best amongst a disappointing bunch were Clough, Cole and Jill & Andy's MOM, Andy Burrow.
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