Northern Premier League
Marine 3 Frickley 3
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Forget the saying a 'game of two halves' because this was a game of two-thirds & one-third ! For 70 minutes Frickley dominated the match from the start.
17 minutes later they were 2-0 up with two excellent goals. The second was a 20 yard blockbuster volley.

When Frickley made it 3-0 they were in cruise control.  But within 18 minutes it was 3-3. The tipping point was when the Frickley goalie caught the ball just outside the box, he was sent off and they had no reserve goalie on the bench. He was instead enjoying his matchday refreshments in the crowd. 

Frickley decided to have no sub goalie on the bench for the first time today.   Big mistake because it came back to haunt them in a must win again.

Loads of shirt pulling by Marine players but the ref said he never saw anything all afternoon. The ref also 'missed' the nasty elbow smashed against a Frickley defender's nose , blood everywhere, and his nose ended up like a corkscrew. The ref also 'missed' the WWE wrestling body slam on the Frickley player. Very poor ref who definitely needs to visit an optometrist on Monday morning.

The last 15 mins was fantastic end to end nervous tension as both sides pressed for the winner.

The 'Scouse House' was purveying food and beverages in the usual fashion. Very good club shop. All in all an enjoyable re-visit after a 7 year gap.