FC United of Manchester inflicted just a second home loss in 13 matches on Frickley Athletic at a chilly Westfield Lane on Tuesday night.
The Blues went into the Evo-Stik Premier Division match with a formidable record in South Elmsall but Karl Marginson’s promotion chasers made light work of their hosts to return back across the Pennines with all three points.
United stormed into a 3-0 lead after 35 minutes thanks to goals from Lee Neville, Matthew Wolfenden and Michael Norton, and if the points were not secure already Tom Greaves added another goal for good measure three minutes into the second half.
Karl Rose’s men did not throw in the towel, however, and grabbed a lifeline ten minutes after the restart when Jake Picton scored what looked to be a consolation goal.
Hopes of a dramatic comeback were raised just ten minutes later when Chris Wood scored another for Frickley from the penalty spot.
The momentum was with the hosts but they could not add to their tally as the visiting defence firmed up to shut out any further Frickley raids.
The stoppage-time dismissal of Matthew Tierney, for a second bookable offence, was the only sour point of the night for United.
Frickley: Green, Wilcox, Fisher, Picton, Bleau, Liburd, Barwick, Bloor, Hinsley, Wood , Ghaichem. Subs: Howarth, Hardy, Buck, Yates, Levers.
FC United: Spencer, Jacobs, Neville, Tierney, Jones, Stott, Wolfenden, Cottrell, Norton, Wright, Greaves. Subs: Daniels, Birch, Giggs, Krou, Cheetham.