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Big win sees Frickley equal club record run

Jacob Hazel with the match ball after scoring a hat-trick for Frickley Athletic against Market Drayton. Picture: Onion Bag Photos
Jacob Hazel with the match ball after scoring a hat-trick for Frickley Athletic against Market Drayton. Picture: Onion Bag Photos

Frickley Athletic equalled their best-ever winning run of league matches in style as they hammered in eight unanswered goals at home to Market Drayton Town last Saturday.

The Blues made it eight wins on the spin in the Evo-Stik South when they were in irresistible form at the Big Fellas Stadium last Saturday.

They were simply ruthless and played some of their best football of the season to be five up by half-time.

Frickley were ahead from the 14th minute when Ben Algar and Jacob Hazel worked a free-kick into the box, Danny Burns headed it on and Gavin Allott stuck it home from close range for his 20th goal of the season.

Allott went close with a header then showed some lovely feet to set up Hazel for a rasping drive from the edge of the box, but the visiting keeper pulled off a fine save.

Hazel was not to be denied after being put through by Tom Dugdale down the left and he had his 30th goal of the campaign.

Hazel provided the assist for Tyler Blake to make it three and it was soon 4-0 as Ben Algar’s great cross was put away by Blake. Another goal followed before the break with Dugdale netting after some great passing.

Frickley could have been forgiven for taking it easy in the second half with the game already won, but they added three more goals, the first when the ball fell nicely for Hazel who turned swiftly to hammer home from the edge of the box.

The visitors plugged away and forced a good save from keeper John Stancliffe, who was playing in place of on-loan Hugo Warhurst, who had been called up to play for Sheffield United’s under 23s.

But it was back to Blues attacking as a wickedly bending free-kick went in off Town player Jeff Watkins.

There was time for one more goal and it was Hazel celebrating his hat-trick after racing into the box to finish impressively.

Frickley have now scored 72 league goals – 14 of them against Market Drayton – and are the highest scorers in the three Evo-Stik League divisions. In all competitions they have now netted 92 times.

Manager Spencer Fearn was naturally delighted by his side’s display.

He said: “What a performance. It was a fantastic display and it really helped our goal difference because it’s going to be tight at the end of the season.

“I was really pleased how we moved the ball. We worked on it in training and we took it into the game.

“It wasn’t so much about three points, it was about these lads getting in the history books at this club and we’ve equalled the record for eight consecutive league wins. It’s stood for 79-80 years so it’s a fantastic achievement and testament to how hard they work.”

Frickley had their scheduled league game at Spalding United postponed on Tuesday night due to a waterlogged pitch.