FRICKLEY Athletic were knocked out of the Evo-Stik League’s Integro League Cup with Tuesday night’s surprise first round home defeat against lower ranked Tadcaster Albion.
After Saturday’s excellent 3-1 win at Ashton United, Premier Division Athletic were brought down to earth by Tadcaster who are in mid-table in First Division North.
Andy Baker’s two first-half goals gave Albion a deserved win against a disappointing Blues side.
Frickley missed a glorious second minute chance when Dan Palmer’s close-range effort skimmed off the top of the crossbar.
Tadcaster then took a 13th minute lead when the Blues messed up a short corner and Tadcaster quickly broke upfield for Baker to score.
Frickley’s Brad Dockerty saw an effort fly just over the bar before Baker made it 2-0 after 36 minutes with another well-taken goal.
The Blues were unable to rescue the game in the second-half, despite some clever touches by Cameron Rigby on the left.
The closest they went was when a header struck the crossbar in the 70th minute.
Relegation-threatened Frickley avenged a 3-1 home defeat against Ashton on the opening day of the Premier Division campaign by beating them by the same score in last weekend’s return fixture.
Young striker Kudakwashe Muskwe, signed from Rotherham United on a month’s youth loan, scored on his Frickley debut.
Muskwe put the Blues ahead in the 23rd minute by heading home a left wing cross from Tyler Williams.
However, the lead did not last long because Ashton equalised within a minute through Joe Connor’s header.
Dockerty missed a chance to restore Frickley’s lead when he cut inside two defenders before shooting straight at debutant home goalkeeper Ritchie Branagan.
Ashton then went close with Alex Frost’s effort that hit a post.
Frickley went back in front within six minutes of the re-start when good work by Dockerty and Nathan Valentine saw Williams side-foot the ball home.
Blues goalkeeper Sebastian Malkowski denied Ashton substitute Matty Chadwick with an excellent save at the near post before Athletic scored their third goal with 20 minutes left when Joe Thornton rounded the onrushing Branagan before sliding the ball home.
The visitors finished the game on top and nearly scored again with Noel Burdett’s effort.
The win put Frickley three points clear of third bottom Sutton Coldfield Town who lost 3-0 at home to Coalville Town.
Athletic visit Grantham Town this Saturday. It is followed by a crucial home game against fellow strugglers Skelmersdale United next Tuesday (7.45pm).