Thomas treble fires Frickley up to fifth

Zeph Thomas (right) who bagged a hat-trick for Frickley Athletic against Ilkeston.
Zeph Thomas (right) who bagged a hat-trick for Frickley Athletic against Ilkeston.

Zeph Thomas struck a 22 minute first half hat-trick as Frickley Athletic brushed aside Ilkeston Town to move into fifth place in the Evo-Stik Premier Division table.

The win extended the Blues’ unbeaten run to six matches and came off the back of an equally impressive 2-0 victory at Colwyn Bay on Saturday.

Manager Karl Rose stuck with the same 11 that comprehensively overcame Colwyn Bay although Brad Dockerty was available to return and he took up a place on the subs’ bench.

Frickley took the game to the visitors straight from the whistle and took the lead from the penalty spot in the fifth minute.

Jacob Hazel sent Thomas away down the left before bursting into the box to collect the return pass but was unceremoniously bundled over by Evandro Rachoni in the Ilkeston goal, who was perhaps fortunate to stay on the pitch. Thomas stepped up to confidently strike the spot-kick past Rachoni.

Less than a minute later it could have been two as Thomas again sprinted away down the left and found Tyler Williams whose half-cleared cross was retrieved at the back post by Luke Hinsley who sent over another cross for Hazel, but the ball was headed clear to Royale Johnson to side-foot wide from 12 yards.

Ilkeston threatened when Lee Ndlovu got on the end of a cross from the left, but he headed straight at keeper Sebastian Malkowski from six yards.

The Blues extended their lead in the 20th minute when Hinsley was brought down on the right and Macaulay Parkinson sent over an inviting free-kick for Thomas to head powerfully past Rachoni from eight yards.

Thomas struck his hat-trick goal seven minutes later when Hinsley blocked an attempted pass from Olly Luto with Hazel sending a swift pass forwards for Thomas to break clear and place a first time shot past Rachoni from 16 yards.

Michael Williams fired a tame shot straight at Malkowski on 43 minutes for the visitors who then pushed forwards more after the break but without really troubling the Blues’ defence.

Two minutes into the second half Ndlovu flicked on a cross from the Ilkeston left which struck the onrushing Williams and bounced wide of the left hand post.

At the other end a geat run from Tyler Williams down the left saw his dangerous cross cleared as far as Simon Lenighan on the edge of the box but his 18 yard shot was deflected wide.

Malkowski was called on to make his first “proper” save on 76 minutes when he had to dive full length to push away a downward header from Charlie Coulson following a cross from Joe Doyle but the Robins scored a consolation goal in the 86th minute, Jack Blake curling a 22-yard free-kick into the top right hand corner.

Frickley Athletic: Malkowski, Bruce, Parkinson, Hinsley, Cyrus, Ible, Johnson (Dockerty 50), Lenighan, Hazel, Thomas (Wood 90), Williams.

The Blues comfortably overcame Colwyn Bay 2-0 in the Evo-Stik Premier League on Saturday with goals from Jacob Hazel and Macaulay Parkinson.

Manager Rose was without the injured Luke Hornsey while Dockerty and Luke Jeffs were both unavailable. Royale Johnson came in to start on the right of midfield in place of Hornsey.

Playing in their yellow strip, Frickley took the game to their hosts straight from the kick-off, being unlucky in the seventh minute when good play between Hazel and Zeph Thomas saw Hazel’s 16-yard shot deflected for a corner.

However, the Blues took the lead from Parkinson’s flag-kick as Hazel headed past Chris Sanna.

Thomas headed over two minutes later following another Parkinson corner while Johnson shot over from inside the box following a good run from Tyler Williams in the 20th minute and almost immediately Thomas curled a 25-yard shot just wide of the far post.

A mistake by Jameel Ible on half-way allowed Chris Sharp to break clear, but Sebastian Malkowski blocked Sharp’s angled shot with his legs on the half-hour.

A spell of Bay pressure followed with Rob Hopley heading over at the near post following a corner, but the Blues could have extended their lead as Hazel burst clear down the right of the box, skipped past Sanna only to see his cross towards Thomas deflected clear.

On 35 minutes Hopley turned and shot over from inside the box when he should have done better and on the stroke of half-time Thomas tried his luck with an angled 25-yard shot which almost caught out Sanna but the ball clipped the top of the crossbar.

Nine minutes after the break Sanna had a let off when his clearance ricocheted off Kevin Holsgrove and bounced just wide of the post, but the resulting corner saw the Blues extend their lead. Parkinson’s corner kick was half cleared with Parkinson picking up the loose ball before cutting inside and striking an excellent curling shot into the top right hand corner from 20 yards.

From then on it was largely a matter of whether the Blues would add to their tally and if so, how many.

Johnson had an angled shot blocked on 64 minutes while the same player ended a great flowing move with an angled shot that was blocked by Sanna.

Holsgrove came close to firing into his own net on 75 minutes following a dangerous cross from Hazel, but the ball flew inches over the bar. The resulting corner saw John Cyrus head down for Hazel to turn and shoot from 10 yards, but Sanna smothered his shot.

Williams then burst away down the left and did tremendously well to get into the box as he was being dragged back by Luke Denson but with the referee ignoring the full back’s indiscretions Williams dragged his shot agonisingly across the face of goal.

A minute later the referee endeared himself to the Frickley fans even more when he ignored a push from behind inside the box on Hazel as he shaped to shoot.

The last minute of the 90 saw Hazel send Johnson away down the left and he cut inside before firing just over from the edge of the box.

Frickley Athletic: Malkowski, Bruce, Parkinson, Hinsley, Cyrus, Ible, Johnson, Lenighan, Hazel (Wood 93), Thomas, Williams. Unused subs: Ellam, Stratford, Fotko.