IT was the Gavin Allott show at Westfield Lane on Saturday as Frickley Athletic’s leading marksman scored a hat-trick to help his side to a point from a six-goal thriller against Rushall Olympic.
The Blues twice had to come from behind against their Walsall-based visitors and Allott led the charge with a superb treble that saw Karl Rose’s men bounce back from their 4-1 defeat at Whitby Town.
Rose made changes to the side defeated at the Seaside with Steve Gardner, brought in on loan from North Ferriby United, starting at right full-back and Luke Danville brought in for Danny Stimpson.
The changes could not stop Olympic dominating the first half, however, as the visitors took a commanding 3-1 lead into the interval.
Rushall took the lead with their first real attack of the game after four minutes when Ahmed Obeng cut in from the left and pulled the ball back for Andre Landell to beat Blues goalkeeper Tom Woodhead from 12 yards.
Luke Jeffs and Luke Hinsley had chances to level for the hosts but the visitors doubled their lead after 20 minutes when Luke Bottomer lifted a 15-yard shot into the top corner when Frickley failed to clear the danger from a corner.
Allott took advantage of some hesitant defending to reduce the arrears six minutes before the break but Rushall restored their two-goal cushion going into half-time through Dave Walker.
The hosts made a brighter start to the second half as debutant Gardner almost forced an unlikely goal six minutes after the restart.
Frickley’s improved play brought its rewards ten minutes in when Hinsley flicked on Danville’s ball and Allott slid the ball past Rushall stopper Chris Gemmell.
It lifted the Blues and Allott headed wide from close range before Hinsley forced Gemmell into a superb save.
Rose introduced Jason Yates in the 70th minute and he was involved in the equaliser when his cross saw Allott react quickest to drill in his hat-trick and give his side a share of the spoils.
Rushall could have still nicked all three points but Woodhead produced a good save to deny Josh Craddock a stoppage-time winner.
Frickley: Tom Woodhead, Steve Gardner, Luke Jeffs, Jake Picton, Patrece Liburd, Luke Danville, Chris Howarth (Jason Yates 70), Matty Bloor, Luke Hinsley (Chris Wood 70), Gavin Allott, Jimmy Ghaichem. Unused subs: Danny Stimpson, Lee Stratford, Darren Shirt.
Rushall: Chris Gemmell, Kyle Haynes, Grant Beckett, Gavin Caines, Wayne Daniel, Josh Craddock, Andre Landell, Danny Bragoli, Dave Walker (Mitchell Tolley 75), Ahmed Obeng (Michael Clarke 13), Luke Bottomer (Ramone Stephens 62). Unused subs: Joel Purkiss, Jonathan Haynes.
Referee: Geoffrey Liddle.
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