A goal from Luke Hinsley followed by two from Gavin Allott saw Frickley Athletic through to their third successive Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup Final with a 3-1 win over Worksop Parramore.
The Blues will face Athersley Recreation in the final at Hillsborough Stadium on Tuesday, May 6, kick-off 7pm.
Manager Karl Rose brought Tom Woodhead back in goal in place of Ben Simpson with Joe Kenny replacing the injured Joe Wilcox and Lee Stratford coming in a left-back in place of Andy Villermann.
Recent signings Gareth Grant and Brad Kerr were both ineligible to play due to registration timescales while Steve Gardner was due to feature for the FA XI.
The Blues started brightly with Luke Hinsley heading wide following a cross from Jimmy Ghaichem in the second minute, but for all the Blues’ possession it was the visitors who had the next series of chances with Sam Smith having a 25-yard shot comfortably saved by Woodhead in the 19th minute and a minute later a cross from former Blues’ player Lee Whittington caused panic in the home defence before the ball was cleared.
In the 29th minute Whittington just failed to reach a long clearance from Steve Hernandez with Woodhead collecting the ball off his toe. Two minutes later Gavin Allott drilled a low shot past Hernandez from a tight angle, but James Cotterill cleared off the line with the ball flying straight into the arms of Hernandez.
Ghaichem then played the ball through for Allott who just managed to flick the ball past the advancing Hernandez, but the ball ran agonisingly wide of the post.
The Blues took the lead in the 40th minute when Luke Jeffs sent over a cross from the right that Hinsley met with a header just inside the near post from six yards.
On the stroke of half-time Whittington had a 25-yard shot deflect wide off Sam Denton.
Six minutes after half-time Lee Thompson saw his 30-yard free-kick fly over Woodhead’s crossbar and on 55 minutes Woodhead was out quickly to block from Whittington inside the box.
A minute later Parramore equalised when the Blues repeatedly failed to clear their lines following a corner and when Ryan Johnson challenged Woodhead for the ball it broke kindly for Whittington to score.
Frickley responded with Fernando Moke hitting the side netting from a tight angle and then Jake Picton’s chipped effort was caught on the line by Hernandez. Picton played in Moke on 65 minutes, but he fired wide from 18 yards.
However, six minutes later the Blues re-took the lead. Kenny saw his low shot blocked and when the loose ball found its way to Allott he turned his marker to slot past Hernandez from eight yards.
Allott saw his low shot saved by Hernandez on 76 minutes following good work from Hinsley and Hinsley then met a cross from Moke at the near post, but Hernandez smothered his effort at the foot of the post.
In the 82nd minute Gareth Griffiths headed the ball back to Hernandez with the ball just out of the keeper’s reach. Hinsley managed to take the ball away from him only to rush his final shot, which flew wide from eight yards.
Frickley sealed the game in the third minute of stoppage time when Johnson barged Allott over inside the box and the striker stepped up to send Hernandez the wrong way.
Frickley Athletic: Tom Woodhead, Kasper Amdal (Andy Villermann 73), Lee Stratford, Jake Picton, Sam Denton, Luke Jeffs, Fernando Moke, Joe Kenny, Luke Hinsley (Sam Cable 95), Gavin Allott, Jimmy Ghaichem. Unused subs. Joe Wilcox, Karl Rose, Ben Simpson
Worksop Parramore: Steve Hernandez, Lee Thompson (Nathan Forbes-Swindells 57), Richard Tootle, Ryan Johnson, James Cotterill, Gareth Griffiths, Jordan Eagers, Luke Fletcher (Danny Smith 79), Sam Smith, Lee Whittington, Callum Ward (Jack Poulton 57).
Referee: Peter Henger