A tenth minute strike by striker Jacob Hazel proved enough to get Frickley Athletic back to winning ways against Nantwich Town.
Up against opponents who recently got to within one game of Wembley in the FA Trophy and who stood two places above the Blues in the Evo-Stik Premier League, Karl Rose’s men were forced into a largely backs to the wall performance, but came out on top 1-0 to dent their opponents’ play-off hopes and keep themselves in tenth place.
An extremely depleted Blues side were without winger Tyler Williams and striker Brad Grayson among others, with defenders Macauley Parkinson and Bailey Gooda pushed into playing in midfield. But they dug in tremendously and richly earned their latest win.
Nantwich put severe pressure on the Frickley defence at times, but when it was breached impressive goalkeeper Sebastian Malkowski was in no mood to be beaten and kept a clean sheet.
In the end Hazel’s early shot proved the winner in both teams’ third match in five days.
Frickley: Malkowski, Akeroyd, Ellam (Jeff 69, Stratford 89), Parkinson, Cyrus Ible, Armstrong, Gooda, Hazel, Hinsley, Davie (Wood).