FRICKLEY Athletic failed to cause an upset in the Evo-Stik Premier Division last night as they went down to a 4-1 defeat at promotion-chasing FC United of Manchester.
Blues boss Peter Rinkcavage insisted his side would make the trip across the Pennines with nothing to lose and Ashley Burbeary fired the visitors ahead from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute.
United are pushing for promotion this season though and will have highlighted the game as a must for three points. Karl Marginson’s men got on level terms eight minutes before the break through Jerome Wright.
And the hosts carried the momentum into the second half as Scott McManus turned the game on its head seven minutes after the restart with United’s second goal.
Mike Norton added a third to all-but seal the points for the hosts before Ben Deegan rubbed salt into the Frickley wounds on the stroke of full-time.
The defeat leaves Frickley two points adrift of safety going into another crucial match at Northwich Victoria on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
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