Frickley Athletic striker Jacob Hazel scored his fourth goal in two games over Christmas to put the Blues in front at Whitby Town on Monday, but the home side earned a share of the points from the penalty spot in the latest Evo-Stik Premier League game.
Blues’ boss Karl Rose started with the same side that dismantled Grantham Town so easily on Boxing Day with the only change being the return of full-back Steven Jeff on the subs’ bench.
Frickley started the game where they left off two days earlier with Tom Davie going close when he followed up from 16 yards after Whitby keeper Shane Bland had pushed away a cross from Tyler Williams, but his shot was blocked by a defender.
Matthew Waters found himself in a great position on the right of the box for Whitby in the tenth minute, but he was denied by a brilliant block from Macaulay Parkinson.
The Blues took the lead a minute later when a great cross-field ball from recent signing Grant Ryan picked out Hazel and he controlled before stroking past the advancing Bland from 18 yards.
Adam Gell had a low 20-yard shot comfortably saved by Sebastian Malkowski on 17 minutes before the Blues were on the offensive again with Luke Hinsley blazing over from 15 yards following a cut back by Williams.
Frickley lost Parkinson on 23 minutes through injury and then Louis Bruce in similar circumstances six minutes later with Jeff coming on at left-back and Luke Hornsey going to right-back.
The game erupted into life in the final minutes of the first half. First, Whitby were awarded a penalty in controversial circumstances when the assistant referee signalled a penalty for a foul despite the referee being closer to the action. After discussion between the two officials the spot-kick was awarded, which Michael Roberts comfortably converted in the 45th minute.
Then, in the fourth minute of stoppage time Hazel found himself clean through but Bland came out quickly and blocked with his legs. Bland was called into action again less than a minute later, saving well to deny Hazel.
Ross Armstrong fired a first time shot over in the second half before a cross from Williams was flicked on by Armstrong for Grant to shoot narrowly over from 10 yards.
Roberts broke away down the Whitby right on 75 minutes before cutting in and firing wide and Malkowski was forced to save a header from Lee Bullock six minutes later.
Jeff had a 25-yard free-kick well held by Bland in the 87th minute and in the 90th Davie fed Hinsley who saw his shot pushed away by Bland.
Frickley: Malkowski, Bruce (Hornsey 29), Parkinson (Jeff 23), Hinsley, Cyrus, Ible, Davie, Armstrong, Hazel, Ryan (Wood 89), Williams.
A hat-trick from Jacob Hazel saw Frickley Athletic earn some Christmas cheer as they cruised to a comfortable 3-1 Boxing Day win over Grantham Town in the Evo-Stik Premier League.
Striker Hazel put the Blues head on six minutes and added a second before half-time. Although Rhys Lewis pulled a goal back for Grantham just before the hour the Blues were rarely troubled and Hazel sealed the win with his hat-trick goal on 67 minutes.
With Steven Jeff unavailable, Mcaulay Parkinson slotted in at left-back while new signing Grant Ryan made his debut alongside Hazel up front in place of the injured Brad Grayson.
Playing with the wind behind them, Grantham started the game well with Danny Meadows putting a 30-yard free-kick just over in the second minute and Jamie McGee dragging an angled shot across the face of goal following a swift break soon after.
The Blues took the lead in when Jameel Ible sent Hazel sprinting clear and he held off Lawrence Gorman to fire a great shot past Jake Turner from 18 yards.
It should have been 2-0 10 minutes later when Ryan sent over an inviting cross for Tyler Williams just six yards out, but he side-footed his effort straight at Turner.
Ryan then blasted over from 15 yards after Tom Davie had an angled shot parried by Turner and the same player went agonisingly close again on 38 minutes when he lifted the ball just over from six yards following an accurate cross from Louis Bruce.
Sebastian Malkowski came to the Blues’ rescue on 39 minutes, blocking brilliantly to deny Ben Saunders from close range after the striker was left in space inside the box.
Ryan went close again on 41 minutes, hooking a snapshot from six yards over the bar, but the Blues extended their lead a minute later. Tyler Williams played the ball forward for Hazel to chase and as Turner came out Pam Purcicoe headed the ball past him, leaving Hazel to side-foot into the net from a tight angle, despite Purcicoe’s efforts to get back and clear off the line.
Davie saw an effort blocked on the line following a corner early in the second half and on 51 minutes Hazel burst away down the left to sprint half the length of the pitch before seeing his shot from a tight angle collected by Turner.
Grantham pulled a goal back on 59 minutes when Michael Emmott’s cross was turner in by Rhys Lewis and the visitors went close again two minutes later, but McGee fired wide after Malkowski punched a cross away.
Hazel put the game beyond any doubt on 67 minutes when Williams sent over a cross from the left from which Hazel turned and forced the ball past Turner from close range to complete his hat-trick.
Hazel put a 25-yard free-kick narrowly over on 71 minutes before Meadows forced a save out of Malkwoski with a 30-yard free-kick.
Ible went agonisingly close to adding a fourth goal on 76 minutes when he glanced a header just wide of the far post following a deep free-kick from Malkowski and Luke Hinsley had a great run on 79 minute before firing wide from 20 yards.
Frickley: Malkowski, Bruce, Parkinson, Armstrong, Cyrus, Ible, Davie (Hornsey 84), Hinsley, Hazel, Ryan (Wood 82), Williams (Akeroyd 90).