Frickley win place in New York Stadium final

Goal scorer Luke Jeffs.
Goal scorer Luke Jeffs.

Frickley Athletic are set to play at Rotherham United’s Aesseal New York Stadium after winning through to the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup final on Tuesday night.

The Blues will take on Nostell MW in the final, which will be played on Friday, May 1 with a 7.30pm kick-off.

Luke Jeffs scored his first goal for the club to seal a 2-0 win at Handsworth Parramore in the semi-final.

Manager Karl Rose was forced to field a depleted side with Danny South and Chris Salt not being registered the required 28 days while Ben Simpson failed a fitness test, Brad Dockerty and James Kay were cup-tied, Matt Bloor injured and Luke Hinsley suspended.

In their absence Jeffs came in at right-back with Lee Stratford filling in at left-back. Jake Stannard moved into midfield alongside Macaulay Parkinson with Luke Hornsey moving onto the wing.

After an early Blues penalty claim was waved away goalkeeper Sam Leigh was called into action in the 13th minute, scooping the ball off the line from Sam Smith’s near post effort. Frickley responded with a Gavin Allott header over from a Jeffs free-kick.

Bruno Holden forced Leigh to dive full length to push away a 25-yard free-kick in the 20th minute and the same player put an angled shot into the side netting.

But the Blues took the lead on 27 minutes when Allott did well down the left, cut into the box and fired in a low angled shot which was deflected into his own net by Richard Adams.

John Cyrus went close to extending the lead on the stroke of half-time but his powerful header from a right wing corner went just over.

In the second half Allott and Brad Riley both went close while Holden saw a dipping 25-yard shot go just over at the other end.

Jameel Ible saw a header smothered on the line by Andy Sneath before Leigh was called into action in the 88th minute, being forced into a late diving save to collect a 25-yard free-kick from Richard Toothe.

Two minutes later it was all over, however, as Jeffs’ curling free-kick eluded everyone and drifted just inside the far post.

Frickley: Leigh, Jeffs, Stratford, Stannard (Davies 71), Cyrus, Ible, Riley, Parkinson, Thompson, Allott, Hornsey.

Frickley were cheered on Saturday when Gavin Allott scored a hat-trick of penalties as the Blues ended their run of 10 games without a victory with a vital 3-1 success at Rushall Olympic in the Evo-Stik Premier League.

In a game spoilt by a strong wind the Blues faced the elements in the first half, but took the lead following their first meaningful attack when a good run from Reece Thompson saw him find Allott inside the box and he was inexplicably bundled over from behind. Allott picked himself up to step up and fire the penalty just inside the post on 22 minutes.

The lead lasted just four minutes as a curling free-kick from the left by Heath somehow managed to find its way through a crowded box and just inside the far post.

Rushall conceded their second penalty when Jack Duggan tripped Thompson and this time Allott chipped his penalty straight down the middle.

Luck was on Frickley’s side nine minutes into the second half when Sam Austin cut across the box from the right before thundering in a shot which bounced down off the underside of the crossbar and was clawed away by Leigh.

On 68 minutes the Blues were awarded their third penalty of the game when Thompson did well down the left to cut into the box and pull the ball back towards the onrushing Luke Hornsey who was pushed over as he met the ball. Allott completed his hat-trick as this time he slotted the ball just inside the right hand post.

Ten minutes later Thompson went close to sealing the win as he clipped the crossbar with a 15-yard shot after being set up by Allott. But Rushall went close to pulling a goal back in the last minute of regular time when Austin scooped the ball over from six yards.

Frickley: Leigh, Parkinson, Kay, Hornsey, Cyrus, Ible, Riley, Bloor (Stannard 90),Thompson (South 90), Allott, Dockerty.