Allott brace not enough to save Frickley Athletic from more travel woe at Ilkeston

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FRICKLEY Athletic’s defensive frailties continued to cost them on their travels as the Blues’ winless away form in the Evo-Stik Premier Division continued at Ilkeston.

Goal machine Gavin Allott scored another two goals but the brace was not enough to save his side from an eleventh defeat from as many league matches on their travels this term as the hosts ran out 4-2 winners.

And worryingly, it was the third game away from home Frickley had conceded four goals.

Blues boss Karl Rose gave debuts to two players in a bid to change his side’s fortunes away from home.

Chris Fisher, a defender signed from Ossett Town, and Harrogate Railway striker Liam Hardy, both started.

Rose will have been keen for a strong start to build on but Ilkeston cut through the brittle Blues defence as early as the third minute.

Joe Maguire headed in a corner kick at the near post to put Town in front and leave their visitors with the familiar taste of defeat early in the game.

Athletic’s confidence dwindled and Ilkeston came close to doubling their lead when Gary Ricketts fired a 12-yard shot just wide of the post.

He made amends just minutes later, however, when he collected the ball 25 yards out and progressed to the edge of the area before beating Blues stopper Darren Shirt with a pin-point effort.

Town were flying but the South Elmsall side were given a lifeline just minutes after Ricketts’s strike.

Allott broke free only to be hauled down but Ilkeston goalkeeper Chris Martin and the Blues’ in-form leading marksman made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Ilkeston looked to regain their two-goal cushion and Shirt did well to hold a low Jack Watts effort before turning a Aaron Hooton shot over the bar.

The chances continues to fall for the hosts and Matt Richards zipped a free-kick over the bar before Town eventually did regain their two-goal lead.

Four minutes before half-time the Frickley defence failed to deal with a free-kick and Hooton slotted home Ilkeston’s third from ten yards.

Rose’s men could have hit back again on the stroke of half-time but, after Hardy and Allott had linked well, Jimmy Ghaichem’s chipped effort was turned over the bar by Martin.

Frickley continued to push for a way back into the game on the restart and Allott saw an effort saved by Martin before Danny Stimpson lifted a shot over from close range.

The points were all-but secured just before the hour mark, however, when Hooton was fouled inside the box.

Maguire stepped up to drill in his second goal of the afternoon.

To Frickley’s credit they did not throw in the towel and Jake Picton came close to reducing the arrears when he headed a Ghaichem corner over the woodwork.

In the 73rd minute their hard work paid off as Martin could only parry a shot from Hardy and Allott was on-hand to steer home the rebound.

Allott could have bagged his hat-trick and given the visitors hope of a dramatic late comeback but he blazed an effort over the bar following good work by Hardy.

Ilkeston Town: Martin, Partridge, Smith (Kozluk 57), Wilson, Maguire, Cooke, Watts, Wilson, Ricketts, Hooton (Ford 80), Richards (Reid 82). Unused subs: Gardner, Pearson.

Frickley Athletic: Shirt, Gardner, Fisher, Picton, Buck (Jeffs 23), Stimpson, Howarth (Yates 75), Bloor, Hardy, Allott (Wood 87), Ghaichem. Unused subs: Hinsley, Levers.

Referee: Grant Taylor

Attendance: 433.

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