It was a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show for Frickley Athletic as they followed their emphatic victory of the previous week with a surprise defeat at Lincoln United in the Evo-Stik First Division South.
The Blues went into Saturday’s game unbeaten in six games in the league and with wins in their last three, scoring 13 unanswered goals in the process, while Lincoln had only won once in nine, had not scored at home since September and shipped nine against Leek a few weeks ago.
However, the home team had not read the script and sneaked a late winner to take a 2-1 victory in a physical encounter at Ashby Avenue.
Frickley were without skipper Gavin Allott, who was ill, but they were able to bring in Danny Frost, who had scored four goals in five outings since joining the club. Otherwise, it was the same team that had hit Market Drayton for six the previous week.
Lincoln signalled their intent right from the off, with Paul Grimes getting into the Frickley box and hitting a shot just wide, straight from the kick-off.
Frickley settled and came close to a goal when a curling shot by Tom Dugdale went agonisingly wide and Steve Hopewell’s shot went into the side netting. Frost then got to a long ball by Nicker Darker and rounded the home keeper only to see his shot from a tight angle cleared off the line. It was Lincoln, though, who went ahead as they were awarded a penalty with Andy Toyne going down under a challenge from Shaun Mitchell and Toyne putting away the penalty.
End to end action followed with Sebastian Malkowski keeping out a header and Frost shooting wide after racing through onto Jacob Hazel’s pass. Malkowski came out on top in a one-on-one and it stayed 1-0 to the interval.
Frickley levelled in the 56th minute when Hopewell cut inside from the right and saw his cross steered home by Hazel who made it nine games on the trot that he has scored.
The visitors now looked the more likely to go on to win and were unlucky as dangerous crosses from Dugdale and Frost just lacked a final touch. Then in the 86th minute Hopewell won the ball, fed Frost on the right and found Dugdale who was unmarked on the penalty spot, but was unable to convert the great chance.
Two minutes later a winner did come, but at the other end as against the run of play substitute Matt Cotton headed home from close range after evading the Frickley defence.
Lincoln’s Toyne was sent-off late on for a second yellow card offence, but it came too late to affect the match with good game management seeing the hosts over the line and Frickley left to lick their wounds.