Denaby Utd – Denaby 1, Frecheville 3 – Frecheville Turn Tables Over ‘Toppers’

20 December 1969

South Yorkshire Times, December 20, 1969

Frecheville Turn the Tables Over ‘Toppers’

Denaby United 1, Frecheville 3

Frecheville visited Tickhill Square for the third time this season on Sunday, and with the spirit of goodwill in the air they found three goals in their Christmas stocking-courtesy of Denaby United.

But even though high-riding Denaby were brought back to earth with a bump, they could not have chosen a better match for it.

This was the Sheffield County Cup, and with commitments in the League and the League Cup, plus the added bonus of a great run in the F.A. Trophy, this defeat could be a blessing in disguise.

Frecheville, a little wary at first, found Denaby on an “off” day, and sensing victory they went all out in the second half.

It paid off, for Denaby never found their usual rhythm, and Frecheville knocked three in the net to erase the memory of those previous defeats at the Square.

With Wiggles, Sapey and Morley missing, Denaby’s 100 per cent. home record was sunk without trace as the re-shuffled team struggled to hit form.

Trevor Allen, fighting for a regular first team spot, took the opportunity to display his talent, hut support was lacking and Frecheville made the most of their chances.

The usually safe defence failed to cut out a cross in the 65th minute and Frecheville went one up. Ten minutes later it was two as the visitors broke through down the right flank and scored.

The final blow came with a quarter of an hour to go, when Frecheville centre forward Mallinson rose to meet a corner and hit a perfect header into the net.

Dick Sumpner hit a consolation goal towards the end to save a little of Denaby’s dented pride, but by then it was too late for a comeback and exit from the County Cup was on the cards.