Frickley Athletic progressed to the second round of the Doodson Sports Cup on Tuesday night when they beat Droylsden 3-2 thanks to two penalties from Gavin Allott and a Joe Kenny goal.
The Blues left it late to clinch their third victory in eight days with Allott’s winner coming four minutes from time, but were never behind.
The game was delayed for 15 minutes while the match officials assessed the light level following the failure of one of the four floodlight pylons with the decision finally being made to play the game, kicking off at 8pm.
Phil Oniama came into the starting 11 with Matty Bloor resting the injury that forced him off on Saturday.
Joe Fox went close for the Blues in the seventh minute when Jimmy Ghaichem’s cross from the right found its way through to Fox at the back post, but his low shot was saved by Sam Andrew.
A quick free-kick saw Ghaichem’s cross sliced just past his own post by Jamie Tandy. The resulting corner saw Jake Picton brought down inside the box and Allott stepped up to score from the spot in the 27th minute.
Droylsden came into the exchanges more with Ricardo Brandau having a header parried by Tom Woodhead after 35 minutes, but four minutes later Carlos Rouse Edmondson knocked the ball past Woodhead from close range following a cross from the left.
Lee Stratford and Joe Kenny replaced Joe Wilcox and Picton at half-time with both having picked up knocks.
Frickley started the second half well as a good cross from Kenny was turned over his own bar by Alex Mortimer and Allott had a header cleared off the line from the corner.
Allott put a 20-yard shot just wide on 62 minutes and the same player should have done better three minutes later when side-footing wide after Hinsley had made a great run down the left and cut the ball back.
Fox then combined with Kenny for the latter to pick out Hinsley at the near post, but he put the ball just the wrong side of the upright.
On 72 minutes the Blues re-took the lead when Kenny fed Allott whose low 18-yard shot was parried by Andrew for Kenny to follow-up and net.
However, Kenny conceded a free-kick 26 yards out six minutes later and Sam Treakes curled the ball into the top corner to make it 2-2.
The Blues grabbed their winner in the 86th minute, though, when Hinsley was blatantly pushed over inside the box and Allott slammed his second penalty of the night past Andrew.
Droylsden: Andrew, Hibbert, Tandy, Hampson (German 41), Mortimer, Mitchell, Rouse Edmondson (Knowles 75), Treakes, Horan, Brandau (McLoughlin 67), Rouse.
Frickley: Woodhead, Wilcox (Stratford 45), Gardner, Oniama, Denton, Villermann, Fox, Picton (Kenny 45), Hinsley, Allott, Ghaichem (Fearon 87).
Referee: Dominic McDonald
A terrific first half set the Blues up to upset the form book as they beat Skelmersdale United 4-3 in the Evo-Stick Premier Division on Saturday.
Karl Rose’s men had to withstand a big fight back after opening up a fantastic three-goal lead in the first half against the side that started the day top of the table, but deservedly claimed all the points.
Manager Rose restored Luke Hinsley to the forward line alongside Gavin Allott and Joe Fox came back in on the left hand side.
Skelmersdale had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the first 30 seconds as Shaun Tuck latched onto a through ball that bisected the Blues’ defence but he could only lob into the arms of Tom Woodhead.
Woodhead denied Tuck again on four minutes before the Blues took the lead on six minutes. Joe Wilcox sent over a free-kick from half-way and Sam Denton rose to loop a header over Zac Hibbert from 18 yards out.
Another Wilcox cross three minutes later saw Allott lift a header just over and Allott had a good chance on 14 minutes when getting on the end of Hinsley’s flick only to lob straight into the arms of Hibbert who was well off his line.
The Blues had another great chance on 22 minutes when Hinsley’s angled shot grazed the far post.
Hinsley had a shot deflected wide before the Blues finally got their reward on 28 minutes as Allott cut in from the left to beat two defenders and fire in a powerful shot that Hibbert could only help into the net.
Three minutes later Denton picked out Allott on the edge of the box and he fired in a curling shot on the turn which flew just wide.
Skelmersdale were forced to replace stopper Hibbert with substitute goalkeeper Ryan McMahon and he had to pick the ball out of the net in the final minute of the half after Jimmy Ghaichem and Allott combined to set up Jake Picton to score with a great first time shot.
Just as in the reverse fixture in September where the Blues led 2-0 at half-time, Skelmersdale pulled a goal back shortly after the break, Matty Hughes crossing for Tuck to head in.
Five minutes later Peter Wylie burst into the Blues’ box to plant an angled shot past Woodhead and the home nerves started jangling.
It could have been worse still three minutes later as Ashley Dunn hit the post.
The Blues weathered the storm and went close with Picton having an angled shot turned away by McMahon before they increased their lead as substitute Joe Kenny found Hinsley and he sent over a great cross for Allott to head into the roof of the net.
The visitors pulled another goal back on 85 minutes through Joe Holt, but Frickley held on for the win.
Frickley: Woodhead, Wilcox, Gardner, Picton, Denton, Villermann, Fox (Oniama 64), Bloor (Kenny 73), Hinsley, Allott, Ghaichem.
Skelmersdale: Hibbert (McMahon 36), Wylie, Ince, Hardwick, Burton, Dunn, Hughes, Jackson (Flood 52), Tuck, Astbury, Holt (Leadbetter 85).
Referee: Matt McGrath
Frickley now face a tricky task to keep their run going as they return to Evo-Stick League action on Saturday away to FC United of Manchester (3pm).