15 March 2009
By Nick Rigg
FC United of Manchester 2
Frickley Athletic 0
A SPIRITED performance from the Blues brought no rewards as FC United of Manchester ran out winners in front of a near-2000 crowd at Gigg Lane.
Blues' boss Billy Heath took a reshuffled pack across the Pennines, with a number of regular first team players out through suspension or injury.
But the Blues' wafer-thin squad went down with a typically spirited and determined performance, being unlucky not to get something to show for their efforts in the second half.
The hosts all-but sealed the win with two goals in 14 first half minutes.
Daniel Warrender opened the scoring on the half hour mark before Simon Carden doubled the Gigg Lane club's advantage just minutes before the interval.
Frickley looked for a way back into the UniBond Premier Division clash on the resumption, and came close to scoring on a number of occasions, but the home defence held firm to collect all three points.
A full match report from the Blues' clash with FC United can be found in Thursday's Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express.