Allott leads way as Frickley stun United

Hat-trick hero Gavin Allott.
Hat-trick hero Gavin Allott.

Frickley Athletic bounced back from three straight defeats with a stunning performance and a 4-1 win over FC United of Manchester in the Evo-Stik Premier League on Tuesday night.

The Blues had to come from behind, but a superb second half display gained them their first league win over FC United in 13 attempts.

Gavin Allott led the way with a hat-trick with Sanchez Payne scoring the other goal in a game that saw Athletic climb off the bottom of the Premier table.

After two poor displays at Buxton and Farsley, manager Karl Rose rang the changes for the game. In came new signing Jake Stannard at right-back after joining from Retford. In midfield there was a first start for Payne, a recall for Brad Riley and Luke Hornsey switched to a central role. Danny South went back up front in place of Ryan Williams.

The Blues started well with Allott rounding the keeper in the first few minutes only to see his shot cleared off the line by Lynch.

John Cyrus then put a header over before United started to get a foothold in the game and took the lead in the 36th minute when Norton ran unchallenged to nod home a corner at the near post.

Frickley then withstood a further period of pressure from the visitors with Ben Simpson saving well from Callum Byrne.

Three minutes before the break the Blues were level with Allott thrashing home a 20-yard shot which took a slight deflection into the top corner.

After the break the Blues played with more confidence down the slope and played some great counter attacking football.

On 65 minutes Allott raced clear of a flat back four to keep his composure and fire beyond Cornell.

Five minutes later Hornsey burst through from his own half into the United area before pulling the ball back for Payne to side foot home from 10 yards.

United tried to force their way back into the game with Walwyn hitting the bar before Allott collected his seventh hat-trick in a Blues shirt. Showing great strength, he held off Dean Short and poked the ball beyond Cornell in injury-time.

Frickley: Simpson, Stannard (Jeffs), Parkinson, Hornsey, Cyrus, Ible, Riley, Young, South, Allott, Payne.