Frickley Athletic cranked the pressure up on their promotion rivals as they headed back to Spalding United on Tuesday night to play the Evo-Stik South game that was abandoned when they were winning 2-0 last month.
Spencer Fearn’s men were unhappy that the FA rules meant they would have to play the game again from scratch after completely bossing the previous game, but it was all’s well that ends well as they came away with a 3-1 success.
They took the field once again without injured skipper Gavin Allott, but Jacob Hazel led the line well and right at the end came up with a goal that took him past Gary Hooley’s post-war club record of 41 goals for a season.
The Blues were not quite as dominant as on their previous visit to Spalding, although they appeared in little trouble defensively until the hosts came up with the opening goal out of the blue as Jonathan Lockie netted.
It stayed 1-0 until Frickley finally took charge with two goals in a six-minute spell in the second period. First, Tom Dugdale was brought down in the area and he picked himself up to score from the resulting penalty. Then Dugdale turned provider with a cross for Sam Liversidge to head home powerfully.
Hazel made sure of the victory in the 90th minute when he beat the keeper with a lob from outside the area.
It was Frickley’s fifth straight league win, but they remain in fourth place. Another four points from their remaining six matches will seal a play-off place, but they are still four points behind second-placed Alvechurch and 19 behind leaders Basford United.
Frickley were in brilliant form last Saturday as they hammered their hosts, Belper Town, 6-0 with Hazel bagging another hat-trick to take his tally up to 41 goals for the season.
They were straight onto the front foot and Tom Dugdale had the first chance with an ambitious back heel that landed on the roof of the net. Tyler Walton then produced a fine cross that picked out Hazel to head home the opening goal on 14 minutes.
Within two minutes it was 2-0 as Danny Burns came up with a good finish, hooking the ball over his shoulder with his back to goal.
Frickley stayed on top as Jameel Ible sent a header just wide before Hazel grabbed his second goal after good work by Walton and Ben Algar.
Only a quality save from the keeper prevented Hazel from making it four with a well struck free-kick and Belper were relieved again just before half-time when Ible hit the crossbar from Reece McGinley’s cross.
After the break the Blues stretched their lead eight minutes in as Nicky Darker bundled the ball in from close range following a scramble in the area.
New signing George Milner, who has been playing football in Norway, came off the bench after being handed his debut and it remained comfortable for Frickley. Hazel completed his hat-trick on 70 minutes with a calm strike from the edge of the box after a long throw had only been half-cleared.
The best was still to come as Dugdale came up with a goal of the season contender with a spectacular flying scissor kick volley that sent the ball into the net off the post.