After suffering their first defeat in eight games on Saturday Frickley Athletic came up with the perfect response when they came home with all three points from their trip to Rushall Olympic in the Evo-Stik Premier League on Tuesday night.
A ninth minute goal from Jacob Hazel was enough to see the Blues quickly return to winning ways and make it four away wins on the spin in all competitions.
Manager Karl Rose kept faith with the same side that lost to two late goals against Halesowen Town on Saturday with the only change on the substitutes bench being the absence of the unavailable Brad Dockerty.
After starting well the Blues took the lead when Luke Hinsley did well on the right hand edge of the box to feed Hazel who fired a left footed shot past Dean Coleman from 18 yards.
Hinsley went close himself on 27 minutes, guiding a header wide of the right hand post from a Royale Johnson cross from the right.
Three minutes later a great flowing move saw Hazel dragged back by Rushall centre-back Jack Duggan as he looked to break clear and latch onto a pass from Tyler Williams, with Duggan being booked for his trouble.
Zeph Thomas was unlucky to lift the ball over the bar from 10 yards following another good cross from Johnson on 34 minutes before Sebastian Malkowski was called upon to make his first save of the game in the 44th minute, reacting well to push away a close range effort from Alex Reid after a deep free kick had been headed back across goal.
Ten minutes after the break Hazel had a good run from the right which saw his cut into the box along the goal-line before pulling the ball back for Williams, but his pass was intercepted
The home side made three changes and started to push the Blues back without really causing too many problems.
Substitute Malachi Farquharson turned and blazed over on 66 minutes following an uncharacteristic slip from Jameel Ible, but at the other end Williams picked out the run of Hinsley who fired over from 20 yards.
Aris Christophoru had an angled a 20-yard shot fly wide and Reid sliced wide from 16 yards at the back past following a deep cross from the Rushall right.
As the game entered stoppage time Hinsley fired over from 25 yards before a bad tackle on Hazel saw players from both sides get embroiled in pushing and shoving. After spotting a few punches being thrown referee Mr Bourne dismissed Rushall’s Zak Martin and Luke Benbow.
Frickley Athletic: Malkowski, Parkinson, Stratford, Hinsley, Cyrus, Ible, Williams, Lenighan, Hazel, Thomas, Johnson (Wood 96).
Frickley’s seven match unbeaten run came to an end in the Evo-Stik Premier League at the SW Jackson Utilities Stadium as two late goals from Keyen Reffell saw visitors Halesowen Town run out 2-1 winners on Saturday.
Jacob Hazel had given the Blues a deserved half-time lead and Luke Hinsley hit the crossbar with a speculative effort early in the second half, but the visitors came into the game in the last half-hour and scored twice in the last six minutes to take the points.
With Louis Bruce being required by North Ferriby United Macaulay Parkinson moved to right-back with Lee Stratford coming in at left-back as Luke Jeffs was unavailable.
A great flowing move in just the second minute ended with Royale Johnson having his 18-yard shot easily collected by goalkeeper Daniel Platt and Platt was in action seven minutes later, blocking from Zeph Thomas’ shot on the turn.
Thomas curled an angled shot just wide of the far post on 20 minutes, but Halesowen responded soon after with Reece Hales forcing Sebastian Malkowski into his first save of the game.
Reffell then forced him into another smart save shortly afterwards.
Simon Lenighan arrowed a low 30-yard shot inches wide of the left hand post after 29 minutes following a half cleared corner, but the Blues took the lead five minutes later.
Johnson’s high cross from the right was knocked down by Hinsley for Hazel to lash the ball past Platt from 10 yards.
Two minutes into the second half Hinsley went agonisingly close to doubling the Blues’ lead when he spotted Platt off his line to lift the ball over him from 20 yards out on the right of the box, but the ball unluckily came back off the crossbar.
Brad Dockerty replaced Johnson on 50 minutes and almost immediately had an opportunity, but elected not to shoot when well placed inside the box and was crowded out.
A poor back header from Stratford almost gifted Halesowen substitute Gregory Pearson with a tap-in on the hours mark, but John Cyrus cleared from in front of goal.
The visitors were looking more threatening with Parkinson having to clear off the line from Jean-Michel Gueyes after a good run from Luke Connolly after 77 minutes and they drew level on 84 minutes. A quick clearance from Platt saw Cyrus misjudge the bounce, allowing Pearson to feed Reffell on the edge of the box and he fired a terrific shot past Malkowski.
Three minutes later Reffell turned Jameel Ible inside out on the edge of the box to repeat the feat, firing an unstoppable shot past Malkowski from a similar position.
As the game entered stoppage time Cyrus headed a Parkinson free-kick wide of the far post and Hinsley headed narrowly over the bar following a corner before another poor back pass from Stratford let in Reffell, but Malkowski blocked well with his legs.
Malkowski then challenged Jay Denny just outside the box as he went to collect the loose ball, bringing the Town player down to concede a free-kick which was blazed over the bar.
Frickley Athletic: Malkowski, Parkinson, Stratford, Hinsley, Cyrus, Ible, Johnson (Dockerty 50), Lenighan (Ellam 92), Hazel, Thomas, (Wood 79), Williams.