Frickley Athletic’s five-match winning streak came to en end at Marine on Tuesday night, but they came from behind to earn a point in the Evo-Stik Premier League game.
Karl Rose’s men went into the game in their best form of the season with four straight league wins and a cup semi-final success in a hectic spell that has brought them success despite playing so many games in such a short space of time.
But perhaps the exertions of playing eight matches in 18 days finally caught up a little with the players when they travelled to Marine.
It did not help their cause either that three players, Louis Bruce, Tom Davie and Ross Armstrong, got stuck in traffic travelling over and it was not a surprise in the circumstances that with a hastily reshuffled side they fell behind early on to a fifth minute goal by Charlie Barnett.
But Frickley showed their determination to continue their fantastic run when they hit back to level on 17 minutes through striker Jacob Hazel as the ball fell nicely to him after the home keeper had failed to clear under pressure.
The Blues were able to add their three late players, who all came on as substitutes, but could not force a winner.
Frickley: Malkowski, Akeroyd, Jeff, (Armstrong 84), Lenighan, Cyrus, Rose (Bruce), Parkinson, Gooda, Hazel, Hinsley, Wood (Davie 56).
Frickley were in winning form when they made the long trip to play Workington AFC on Saturday.
Centre-back John Cyrus gave them the ideal start when heading home a free-kick after just four minutes.
Cyrus was then on target again with another towering header 18 minutes later with the Blues in control at this stage.
But Workington hit back through Kyle May eight minutes before the break and threatened to level when awarded a penalty only for keeper Seb Malkowski to make a stunning save.
The game remained tight in the second half, but after Macauley Parkinson saw his free-kick tipped over Frickley clinched a 3-1 victory when Hazel netted from close range from Tyler Williams’ cross.
Frickley: Malkowski, Davie, Jeff, Parkinson, Cyrus, Ible (c), Akeroyd, Gooda, Hazel, Hinsley (Wood), Williams.
The games keep coming thick and fast for Frickley as they face another four matches in eight days to close their league season, starting on Saturday when they host Barwell (3pm).
They are away to Buxton next Tuesday (7.45pm), play their final home match of the season against Stourbridge next Thursday (7.45) and end away to Nantwich Town on Saturday, April 23 (3pm).