Goals from Jimmy Ghaichem, Gavin Allott and Luke Sharry saw Frickley Athletic come from behind to finish their Evo-Stik Premier League season on a winning note at Worksop Town on Saturday.
A 3-1 victory over a side who have finished in fourth place was a superb way to end a mixed league campaign, but it could not prevent the Blues from finishing fourth from bottom. However, the points may prove enough to help them avoid relegation.
For the last game manager Karl Rose was down to bare bones with Luke Hornsey not fit on top of the enforced absence of Joe Wilcox and Fernando Moke. He shuffled the side slightly with Jake Picton dropping into the centre of defence and Luke Jeffs moving to left-back. Leon Osborne came back into the starting line-up.
With one eye on the play-offs Worksop rested their free-scoring front men of Leon Mettam and Tom Denton as several younger players were included in the Tigers’ squad.
They had the first opening as Jamie Jackson blazed over from six yards in the third minute and shortly after Ben Simpson was forced to dive full length to push a shot from Jack Muldoon past the post.
Sam Denton had the Blues’ first real effort in the 15th minute, glancing a header wide of the far post following a Ghaichem corner.
Worksop took the lead in the 19th minute as Josh Thomas tried his luck with an angled 30-yard shot that flew just inside the right hand post with Simpson largely unsighted.
Craig Clay then saw his angled shot deflected wide, but the Blues responded with Jeffs seeing his 25 yard free-kick saved by Jonathan Stewart while Osborne put an angled shot inches wide.
Frickley went even closer in the 37th minute when Allott flicked on for Luke Hinsley and he flicked the ball over the advancing Stewart only for it to bounce up to hit the crossbar
Hinsley then shot over from 20 yards after good work from Osborne and Jack Wakefield latched onto a header from Allott to see his angled shot parried by Stewart.
Allott found space on the right in the 40th minute and sent over an inviting cross for Hinsley whose header beat Stewart but for the second time in quick succession struck the crossbar.
Hinsley, who had been struggling with an injury late in the first half, was forced off in the 50th minute and was replaced by Andy Villermann with Osborne moving up front.
Tom Elliott forced a good save from Simpson in the 54th minute while Jackson headed just wide for the Tigers a minute later.
After being out of luck in the first half a stroke of luck saw the Blues draw level in the 61st minute when Ghaichem finished off a run down the right with a cross-cum-shot that flew into the top left hand corner with Stewart stranded.
Soon after Allott sent Villermann bursting into the box and he was brought down in full flight by Tom Burgin with the referee immediately pointing to the spot and dismissing Burgin. Allott stepped up to beat Stewart from the spot to put the Blues ahead.
Jackson side-footed a close range shot just wide as Blues’ fans hearts were in their mouths, but the game was put beyond doubt in emphatic style in the 81st minute. Allott picked up the ball against the right hand touchline on half-way and began shielding the ball along the line towards the corner flag. With no real challenge coming in Allott beat the defence as he cut into the box and squared for Sharry to fire into the roof of the net.
Frickley Athletic: Simpson, Amdal, Jeffs, Wakefield, Denton, Picton, Ghaichem, Sharry, Hinsley (Villermann 50), Allott, Osborne (Drafz).