FRICKLEY Athletic suffered a blow in the battle against relegation with a 2-0 defeat at Chasetown in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
Gary Hay and John Branch scored the goals for the hosts to leave the Blues three points adrift of safety with a game in hand.
Blues boss Peter Rinkcavage gave a debut to new arrival Ben Starosta in defence, with Ben Cusworth playing in the lone strike role, supported by Ashley Burbeary and Andy Catton.
Chasetown enjoyed the better of the chances in the first half but Catton and Burbeary both came close for Frickley.
The opener came just minutes before the interval when Hay lifted his effort over Blues stopper Ben Simpson and into the back of the net.
Ashley Longstaff replaced Catton at half-time and it was he who fired a low effort straight at Darren Acton, the Chasetown goalkeeper, early in the second half.
But the hosts doubled their lead just after the hour mark when John Branch hit an unstoppable long-range strike which gave Simpson no chance.
Longstaff did put the ball into the net for Frickley but he was in an offside position and was booked for continuing play.
Cusworth and Burbeary also saw yellow as frustrations grew late in the game.
The Blues will be hoping for better fortunes at the Tech5 Stadium on Tuesday night when they host Worksop Town (kick-off 7/45pm).
See Thursday’s Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express for all the latest Frickley Athletic news.