Gavin Allott’s return to the team helped spark Frickley Athletic into life as they bounced back from a disappointing defeat last Saturday with an emphatic display and victory against Chasetown at Westfield Lane on Monday.
The Blues skipper had missed the previous three games, but was back with a bang and a hat-trick in a 5-0 success in the Evo-Stik First Division South.
Another change to the team that lost 2-0 at Alvechurch saw Teddy Bloor in to make is first full start and Frickley were straight onto the front foot.
Jacob Hazel and Bloor had early chances before Allott got round his marker and was brought down to bring about a penalty which he duly put away on 15 minutes.
The big centre forward soon added his second following good work by Hazel, Jason Yates and Jameel Ible.
A third almost followed after Allott’s header from a Tom Dugdale corner came close to beating the keeper then Hazel created space well and was unlucky to see his effort hit the post.
Gavin’s brother, Grant, rounded off a great first half for the Blues when he came up with a fine strike into the top corner of the net from just inside the box.
The good work continued after the break and eight minutes in Allott had his ninth hat-trick for the club, heading home after Hazel’s break and cross.
Carl Stewart was brought on from the bench and made a quick impact by making it 5-0 with a well placed strike. Chasetown kept going and were handed a late chance when awarded a penalty, but home keeper Sebastian Malkowski ensured he kept a clean sheet by saving the spot-kick.
The celebration at the end was in stark contrast to Frickley’ feelings as they left Alvechurch with a 2-0 defeat two days earlier.
They were up against a team still unbeaten in the league, but turned in a disappointing display that meant the back line, including Grant Allott making his debut, was rattled for the first time this season and Malkowski given some work to do. There was no lack of endeavour, but chances were few and far between.
Alvechurch went ahead with a controversial penalty awarded against Grant Allott for a trip although he appeared to win the ball. Thomas Turton scored from the spot, although Malkowski almost kept it out.
Frickley were unlucky not to go in level at the break after a corner was cleared to Josh Nodder who hit a sweet volley from outside the box that hit the crossbar.
Steve Hopewell and Nodder were denied by good saves in the second half before the hosts doubled their lead on 66 minutes through Joshua March’s quality strike from the edge of the box.
Frickley now head off to play in the Emirates FA Cup this Saturday with a first qualifying round tie away to Buxton (3pm). They are back at home in the league next Tuesday against Belper Town (7.45pm).