Home league match played on 16 October 2011.
Kicked off at 10:30 AM

HARRY Simmons' fourth goal of the season gave an industrious Frolesworth United side a richly-deserved win in a frantic encounter at Dunley Way, as the Rabbits preserved their 100 per cent record at their new home.


The target man struck 18 minutes from time with a 20-yard pile-driver after a delightful nutmeg presented him with the chance to give Frolesworth their second league win and also provide stand-in manager Jordan Halford the perfect response following last week's 6-2 drubbing at the hands of Sunbury United.


Jack Sutherland had earlier opened his account for the campaign and given the hosts the lead with a sublime right-footed volley, before Polish striker Lukasz Tabaka levelled in the 39th minute with a lofted finish.


But Simmons, who had worked tirelessly throughout the encounter got his and Frolesworth's just rewards in the 72nd minute before strike-partner Callum Wills rattled the crossbar in the dying minutes.


Assistant manager Jordan Halford seized control in the absence of Ben Harris and he made a staggering seven changes from the side that was heavily beaten at Rushey Fields last week, though he did keep faith with the antiquated 4-4-2 formation.


Sam Green retained his place in goal, but Sam Pratt moved to right-back at the expense of Joe Swanwick and Steven Bottom came into the back-four alongside captain Mark James and left-back Max Hallam to replace Jack Boulton, who was in Norfolk.


Talisman Jake Pantony made his first start since United's 3-0 win against Horse alongside the returning Martin Fennon and Miles Splevings and Sutherland completed a total upheaval of the midfield, behind a strike force of Simmons and Wills.


And, on a beautiful October morning, the home side started equally as brightly as the autumnal sunshine and set the tempo with a frenetic pace that was maintained throughout what was a fantastic advertisement for Alliance League Division One football.


Chances would be few and far between in the opening exchanges though, until a moment of sublime skill gave the hosts the lead in the 15th minute. Newly-converted right-back Pratt was quick to take a throw-in on the near side and skipper James clipped a pass forward towards Sutherland, who had moved inside from the left.


The former Nottingham Forest man controlled the ball with his chest and as it dropped he turned and unleashed a well-uted volley with his weaker foot that looped into the far corner. However, the goal only served to wake up the visitors who gradually grew into the fixture as the half wore on and they equalised with their first meaningful foray into the Frolesworth box.


United's back-four was caught too far up the pitch from a long, high ball down-field from the Parva goalkeeper and striker Tabaka latched onto the loose ball, before sending a delightful lob over the advancing Green.


Centre-half Bottom's protests for offside fell on deaf ears, as the sides went into the dressing rooms all square at the break. However, Halford was thoroughly impressed with the work-rate and discipline that his charges had shown in the opening period and he made one slight change to his side, swapping Sutherland with Wills in an attempt to get the latter into the game and also help Hallam out defensively.


And it worked, too, as the little number 9 became a constant thorn in the opposition's side with his tenacious work-rate and surging runs during the second period. Miles Splevings, who had been relatively quiet by his own admission with the exception of a couple of teasing crosses and dead-balls was replaced by the sprightly Dan Morrow on the hour mark as the home side began to turn the screw in search of the elusive winner.


It looked as though that chance had been spurned though, as Wills burst through one-one-one but he seemingly had too much time and was foiled by the goalkeeper. But it was the goalkeeper at the opposite end that changed the complexion of the game, although it was with his feet and not his gloves this time.


Green was ushered forward to presumably launch a free-kick forwards, but instead he drilled an intelligent quick free-kick forward to Simmons who slipped the ball through the defender's legs with a delightful turn before firing a vicious low drive into the far corner from just outside the box.


United weren't content though and they continued to push forward through Morrow, who sent an inviting cross to the far post for Wills but his frustration was evident as his effort came crashing back off the crossbar.


Club secretary Luke Evans replaced man of the match Simmons for the remaining five minutes, as Halford switched to 4-5-1 to see the game out. But Parva failed to threaten and the home side saw the game out with consummate ease to record their second league win and propel themselves back up to 3rd.






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