Westfield Lane, South Elmsall. 17/04/17.

EvoStik Northern Premier League.

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An insipid performance against second placed Spennymoor has finally seen Frickley relegated from the Northern Premier League, Step 3 of Non League football. As expected as this was, it is a massive disappointment. I have grown to love this club and the people who are involved, I now feel like a value member of the Frickley family – why such a dismal season?

In truth, as much as some would like to say the contrary, Frickley have flirted with relegation on more occasions than not. They have been spared a couple of times due to other clubs dropping further or not taking promotion, this time though it is definite.

I think it is hard to take as the club had done so well the previous season, if the season had been extended by a couple of games I’m sure the Blues would’ve been involved in the play-offs and been the team that everyone would have wanted to avoid. The start was dreadful, the finish terrible. Other than a nice run eight games in and then in February, this season has been pretty awful. The team hasn’t been consistent, we haven’t had a stable spine or someone who can stick it in the back of the net. Curtly looked like he could do it but is season was cut short by what seemed like an innocuous injury. Had he stayed fit we may have taken the points away at Ilkeston and Skem, we may still be fighting, but then again we might not. Moz came in and tried his best, Karl replaced him but the gamble hasn’t paid off, Karl still looking for a league victory.

The football optimist in me thinks that maybe a step back might be good for the club. A chance to rebuild and more importantly win more than we lose. Hopefully, we will be placed in Division One North, whatever happens, I will be there.

Sebba was presented with his well deserved Player of the Season trophy, he didn’t make the team of the year, that went to the Matlock keeper. I’m sure Seb has been the most worked keeper in the division, he has saved our bacon on so many occasions, that GD could’ve looked so much worse. The turning point for me (other than Curtly’s injury) was Seb’s red card away at Marine. We were 3-0 up and a good number of points ahead of Marine but the lack of sub keeper meant they clawed it back and gained a point, they are now 15 points ahead of us and more than safe.

The game was a training ground exercise for Town, a goal in the first ten minutes was followed up by a second in the last ten. They didn’t look anything special but then again they didn’t need to.

It’s all over now, baby blue.

Next up it is Shaw Lane in the Sheffield Cup Final at Bramall Lane, anything could happen. Sit back, enjoy the ride.