Frickley Athletic are up to third place in the Evo-Stik First Division South after making it three wins on the trot with a narrow success against top six side Spalding United on Tuesday night.
Back to back wins had sent Spencer Fearn’s men up to third place before they took on opponents just one point behind them and they consolidated the position with a 1-0 victory at Westfield Lane.
After scoring freely in putting the ball in the net 22 times in their previous six matches it was a single goal this time that did the trick with Carl Stewart netting what turned out to be the winner in the seventh minute with a clinical finish.
A solid defensive display ensured the Blues kept a clean sheet and held on for a win that moved them to within four points of leaders Cleethorpes Town.
Frickley were in winning form against Gresley FC last Saturday when they overcame a potential goalkeeper crisis to take home three points.
The Blues found themselves without a goalkeeper when Sebastian Malkowski picked up a late injury and with John Stancliffe already unavailable Grant Allott, usually a centre-half, put his hand up to go in goal. This meant a late reshuffle in defence where top scorer Gavin Allott went into the back four – but despite all the problems Frickley still kept a clean sheet.
They looked a little unsettled to begin with, but picked their game up and took the lead on 20 minutes when Josh Nodder found the target with a superbly struck shot. Frickley were two up by half-time after Jameel Ible’s flick on set up Jacob Hazel and the striker showed good feet to get into the box and beat the keeper for his sixth goal of the season.
A big penalty shout fell on deaf ears early in the second half when appeals for a handball were waved away and despite some decent approach play chances proved hard to create.
Gavin Allott went up front with Jack Burton replacing him at the back and forced the visiting keeper into a good save after getting on the end of a move started by brother Grant after he had made a good save at the other end.
Frickley made it 3-0 on 66 minutes when defender Ible smashed the ball in from close range.
More chances followed for Gavin Allott, Carl Stewart and Steve Hopewell, but the game ended 3-0.
Frickley are back on their travels this Saturday when they take on Stoke-on-Trent-based side Kidsgrove Athletic in another league game (kick-off 3pm).
The Blues have added three players to their squad, including Matt Overton, who plays wide left or up top and has joined on a month’s loan from Doncaster Rovers. Bailey Gooda has returned to the club on a month’s loan from Harrogate Town while another under 19s player, Dan Palmer, has signed non contract terms.
Former Chesterfield player Matthew Chatfield has joined the coaching team. The UEFA B Licence coach has been working with the Rotherham United Academy for the past three years.