Frickley Athletic rounded off their season in great style when they won the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup for the second time in three years.
A convincing 4-1 victory over Northern Counties East League team Nostell MW in a final played at Rotherham United’s New York Stadium gave the Blues their 13th success in the competition and they are now only one win behind record holders Sheffield Wednesday.
Two goals from Reece Thompson, a Gavin Allott penalty and an own goal saw Karl Rose’s men celebrating for the second week running after they had won their relegation battle in the Evo-Stik Premier League the previous Saturday and ensured they will have a happy summer getting ready for the next campaign.
With Brad Dockerty cup-tied Luke Hornsey came into the starting line-up with James Kay also absent due to the cup-tied rule.
Nostell were first to go close to opening the scoring when Matthew Thompson’s 30-yard shot in the second minute flew wide of the left hand post following an early corner.
But Frickley did take the lead in the fourth minute as Jameel Ible played the ball forwards and two Nostell defenders failed to cut it out, leaving Thompson to sprint clear and drive an angled shot past keeper Ben Saynor from 12 yards.
The Blues started to take command with Wayne Ball cutting out a dangerous ball across the six-yard box by Allott and last week’s goal hero Macaulay Parkinson putting a 22-yard free-kick over the bar following a foul on Luke Hinsley.
A great pass from Hinsley on 17 minutes sent Thompson clear down the right of the box, but he lobbed the ball just wide of the far post.
At the other end, a great interception by John Cyrus prevented Dale Kelly getting on the end of a good cross from the right.
Frickley extended their lead in rather fortunate circumstances on 22 minutes when Jake Stannard’s long ball forward was inexplicably lobbed over his own goalkeeper by Max Elliott from 20 yards.
Blues captain Matty Bloor was forced off through injury on 31 minutes, to be replaced by Brad Riley, and within a minute Nostell pulled a goal back.
Nostell were awarded a free-kick some 35 yards out on the left and, with everyone expecting the ball played into the box, Rob Bordman tried his luck with a shot at goal with the ball flying inside Ben Simpson’s far post.
But three minutes later the Blues’ two-goal advantage was restored as Thompson was bundled over inside the box by Steve Wales, leaving Allott to fire home from the spot.
Three minutes into the second half Thompson had the ball in the net again only to be ruled offside.
Cyrus, who had been struggling with an injury for a while, had to give in to his injury on 50 minutes and was replaced by Luke Jeffs.
Kelly then headed over at the back post following a Nostell corner while on 63 minutes a quick free-kick by Lee Stratford saw him find Thompson in space 10 yards out but he lifted the ball wide of the near post as Saynor came out.
Simpson was well placed to collect a well hit shot from Matthew Johnson while Bordman put a 20 yard free-kick just wide on 69 minutes and Simpson had to palm a 16-yard shot from Matthew Thompson over the bar two minutes later.
Jack Fisher glanced a headed just wide as Nostell had a spell of pressure.
On 85 minutes the Blues had a great chance to seal the win when Thompson was again bundled over inside the box, but this time Allott’s chipped penalty was easily saved by Saynor.
Two minutes later it was all over, however, as Stannard played the ball through for Thompson to burst clear down the right of the box and fire past Saynor from a tight angle.
As the game entered added time Sam Leigh was given a run out for the last few minutes, replacing Simpson in goal.
Thompson came close to completing his hat-trick in the second minute of stoppage time when his curling 18 yard shot hit the far post.
Nostell MW: Saynor, Johnson, Ball (Mole 76), Thompson (Davies 89), Fisher, Elliott, Wales, Poole (Kitson 63), Kelly, Bordman, Doran.
Frickley Athletic: Simpson (Leigh 90), Parkinson, Stratford, Stannard, Cyrus (Jeffs 50), Ible, Hinsley, Bloor (Riley 31), Thompson, Allott, Hornsey. Unused subs: Rose, Cable.
Referee: A Tankard.