Frickley Athletic were back to winning ways after a couple of defeats when they won 2-0 away to Grantham Town in the first round of the Integro Doodson League Cup on Tuesday night.
Goals from debutant Brett Lucas and Brad Dockerty saw the Blues ease in the second round.
Frickley were boosted by the return of Luke Hinsley after suspension, but were manager Karl Rose was down to the bare bones of his squad with Zeph Thomas and Jameel Ible both away on international duty with St Kitts & Nevis and Scott Matthews cup-tied, having played for Belper Town against Rugby Town in the preliminary round.
Having not quite been fit enough on Saturday Royale Johnson was left out of the squad in the anticipation he will be fit for this weekend.
Peter Fotko had a run out in goal in place of Sebastian Malkowski while Chris Wood replaced Jacob Hazel up front. Hinsley returned in midfield with Luke Hornsey reverting to right-back and Lucas replaced Ible.
Grantham’s Greg Smith went close in the opening minutes, lobbing wide of the right hand post from 25 yards after being found in space, but the Blues responded with Brad Grayson flicking on for Tyler Williams to beat his man before shooting just wide of the left hand post from 16 yards.
Smith volleyed wide for Grantham on 13 minutes before the Blues began to impose themselves on the game, forcing a series of corners.
The deadlock was broken in the 29th minute when Grayson whipped over a free-kick from the left which Lucas headed powerfully past Jake Turner from 10 yards.
The second half was more open and Williams had a chance to extend the lead just four minutes after the restart when he was sent clear, but was forced wide by the advancing Turner and had to settle for winning a corner.
Grantham were still a threat with Lee Shaw lifting the ball just wide of the far post as Fotko challenged him an 52 minutes.
The game was effectively sewn up in the 56th minute when Dockerty was sent clear down the right from half- way and he cut into the box, riding a couple of challenges, before beating Turner from close range.
Grayson had a chance to increase the lead further on 65 minutes when he was brought down by Danny Meadows as he cut into the box from the left, but he saw his penalty kick saved by Turner.
Hazel replaced Grayson in the 86th minute and within seconds the striker volleyed against the crossbar from eight yards after a free-kick had been lifted into the box.
Frickley Athletic: Fotko, Hornsey, Parkinson (Stratford 45), Hinsley, Cyrus, Lucas, Dockerty, Lenighan, Wood, Grayson (Hazel 86), Williams.
Frickley slipped down to 15th in the Evo-Stik Premier League after a disappointing display and a 3-0 defeat at Matlock Town on Saturday.
Manager Rose was without the services of suspended duo Hinsley and Thomas, who were both serving a one-match ban for accumulating five yellow cards. Luke Hornsey replaced Hinsley in midfield with Grayson moving up front alongside Jacob Hazel as Dockerty returned on the right.
Ted Cribley fired an angled 18-yard shot over in the fifth minute for the home side before the Blues responded with Dockerty and Grayson combining to give Hazel a shooting chance, but his low effort was deflected just wide.
Dockerty had a shot tipped over by George Willis shortly afterwards, but Matlock took the lead on 27 minutes. The Blues conceded possession following a throw-in, leaving the unmarked Joel Purkiss to score from close range when the ball was swung into the box.
Hornsey had a low 25-yard shot deflected just wide of the right hand post with Willis beaten in the 35th minute as the Blues started to push forward, but they were caught out on the counter attack a minute later.
Macaulay Parkinson was dispossessed deep in the Matlock half and as the home side swept the ball clear they were left with two men against one as Cribley broke away before timing his pass to Purkiss to perfection for him to beat Sebastian Malkowski from the edge of the box.
The second half was a pretty forgettable affair with little action at either end of the pitch.
John Cyrus did force Willis into catching his header on the line following a free-kick by Grayson in the 67th minute while in the 89th minute Nicky Travis found space on the right to fire an angled shot across the face of goal.
Malkowski summed up the Blues’ performance in the second minute of stoppage time when his attempted clearance from six yards out turned into a perfect pass to the unmarked Niall McManus who confidently side-footed the ball past the stranded keeper from 10 yards for Matlock’s third goal.
Frickley Athletic: Malkowski, Parkinson, Matthews, Hornsey (Ellam 60), Cyrus, Ible (Stratford 92), Dockerty, Lenighan, Hazel (Wood 59), Grayson, Williams.