Frickley Athletic left FA Cup heroes Blyth Spartans stunned as they knocked them out of the Doodson Sport League Cup on Tuesday night.
The Blues came back from their long travel to the north east with a place in the second round secured after first half goals clinched a terrific 2-0 victory.
Blyth are renowned cup fighters and only on Sunday were featured on television after beating Altrincham 4-1 in the FA Cup first round. But maybe they suffered a hangover as they found Karl Roses’s men a tougher nut to crack.
Frickley were without top scorer Gavin Allott, who was suspended, and promoted Sam Cable from the under 19s after some impressive displays this season.
They made a strong start and were ahead after 15 minutes when Reece Thompson, who had starred in the county cup win last week, found the target again.
Within eight minutes striker Danny South doubled the Blues’ advantage and the hosts had been rocked.
Blyth looked to hit back, but found the Frickley defence in stubborn mood and the game remained 2-0 to the final whistle.
Frickley’s scheduled league game away to Ilkeston was postponed by the referee shortly before 2pm last Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch after heavy rain in the area in the previous 24 hours.
After defeats in their two previous league games the Blues were looking for an improved performance similar to that which saw them defeat Stocksbridge Park Steels 3-0 in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup the previous Tuesday night when a new goal scoring talent emerged in Reece Thompson.
But after being left kicking their heels they slipped down the table to 18th in the 24-team division with two of the teams below them having games in hand. The Blues will now visit the Derbyshire side on Saturday, February 14, 2015 following a rearrangement of the match.
Following Frickley’s recent exit from the FA Trophy the Evo-Stik League has re-arranged their Premier Division game at to Ashton United with the Blues now hosting the Robins on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.
It will be a good test for Karl Rose’s men with their opponents in ninth place in the table and having only lost two away games in the league this season.
Frickley are also in action next Tuesday (7.45pm) when they travel to take on FC United of Manchester looking to do the double over them, having beaten them 4-1 in the home fixture with probably their best display of the season.