Pre-season: Frickley Athletic (a) Match Preview

by Peter Scherer

Tomorrow afternoon Mickleover FC visit Frickley Athletic for the latest in line of pre-season friendly matches.

Previously known as Frickley Colliery, home is at Westfield Lane, South Elmsall and they currently play in the NPL South East Division.

This will be their sixth friendly, having started with a defeat away to Grimsby Borough.

They hammered Pontefract Collieries 4-0 before beating Barton Town 1-0 in their first home match.

After a 2-1 defeat at Shildon, they were last in action last Saturday with a resounding 5-0 win away to Bridlington Town.

There first competitive match is due on September 12th when they are at home to Newcastle Benfield in an FA Cup qualifier.

They have two goalkeepers, Alfie Eccles-Smith a former Sheffield United and Wednesday trialist who has come from Selston and ex Hull City player Tom Nicholson, who has a number of non-league clubs under his belt.

In defence Chris Salt has come from Gainsborough Trinity and is an ex Sheffield United youth player and James Hugo has joined from Spalding and is an ex Lincoln City Academy player.

Kern Miller lists Lincoln City, Barnsley, Accrington Stanley and Herford United among his ex clubs, having come to Frickley from Stamford. 

Vice Captain for this season is Nathan Hotte, signed from Gainsborough and is an ex Alfreton player too. Tom Davie comes in from Gainsborough, but he was once with Hull City.

Among a couple of ex Sports players in the Frickley squad is Jack Smith, playing either defence of midfield.

Midfielder Kegan Everington comes in from Spalding and is another ex Alfreton player who started at Lincoln City, similarly Jack Wightwick, who has travelled Lincolnshire with Boston Utd, Grantham and Lincoln Utd before joining Spalding.

Mansfield Academy was the starting point for Conor Green, and has joined Frickley from Ilkeston, while Josh McLauchlan is a product of Frickley’s own under 21’s and made his first team debut at the end of last season.

Like Green Nyle Blake started at Mansfield Town but arrived at Frickley via Alfreton, while both Todd Jordan and Tyler Williams are midfield of defenders. Jordan was signed from Stocksbridge Park Steel, but came through Sheffield Wednesday Academy, Lincoln City, Alfreton and various other clubs, while winger Williams is another ex Alfreton player among various other clubs.

They seem somewhat short in the striking force with only three players in the current squad.  Nathan Jarman is another ex Sports player, but also had spells at Barnsley, Bury and Grimsby, before being signed from Lincoln Utd.

Brad Grayson has come from Stafford Rangers, he’s an ex Doncaster Rovers Junior and can play midfield too. He also has international experience having played in Sweden, Australia and the Philippines. 

Finally the experienced Jonathan Margetts, has seen plenty of Football League action, playing for Hull City, Cambridge Utd, Tranmere Rovers, Lincoln City and Scunthorpe.  

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