Frickley Athletic finally came to the end of their season on Monday night when they missed out on a prestigious final in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup with a defeat to Shaw Lane.
The Blues were looking to reach an incredible seventh final in a row, but it proved one game too far for them this year as they were beaten 3-1 by the team that defeated them in the final at Bramall Lane last season.
After losing in the Evo-Stik South play-offs semi-final the previous week it would have been some sort of compensation for Spencer Fearn’s men if they had capped their much improved campaign by reaching another high profile final. But it was never on the cards as Shaw Lane showed their determination to follow up on their first success in the competition in 2017.
Fearn fielded the strongest side he could name, although he could not call on loan goalkeeper Jake Turner with assistant manager John Stancliffe playing in goals.
Stancliffe was picking the ball out of the back of the net in the opening minute after Chib Chilaka netted for the home team.
It did not get any better for Frickley as the same player and the same move brought about a second and Chilaka completed his hat-trick in the 25th minute to leave the visitors with a real mountain to climb.
The Blues tried hard to battle their way back into the contest, but they remained three down at half-time and knew they would have to produce an incredible effort after the break against opponents a division higher and who have enjoyed another good campaign, including FA Cup success.
Fearn made all his substitutions in a bid to turn things round after the break, but Lane’s defence held firm until one last-gasp effort finally brought Frickley a goal as Gavin Allott netted his 28th goal of the season after returning to the club from Shaw Lane last summer.
It was only a mere consolation, however, as Shaw Lane will now go forward to try to retain the cup when they face Penistone Church in the final at Bramall Lane on May 22.