Frickley Athletic showed no ill effects from their tough match with Evo-Stik South leaders Basford United two days earlier as they saw off Carlton Town 4-0 at home on Monday.
Needing to win to keep the pressure on rivals Alvechurch, they took their time to make their superiority show, but never looked back once Tyler Walton smashed home the first goal from a flicked on corner four minutes before half-time.
Within 10 minutes of the start of the second half it was 3-0 as Tom Dugdale headed home after Jacob Hazel had hit the crossbar and Hazel was given a tap-in for his 45th goal of the season following good work by Walton.
Carlton’s chances were not helped then by having two players sent-off and the Blues added a fourth through Jameel Ible. They could even afford to see Hazel hit the crossbar with a late penalty.
In Saturday’s game with the runaway leaders Hazel’s goal had Frickley ahead at half-time. Basford hit back to score twice, but Hazel’s second in the 90th minute earned a point and he came within inches of another in injury time with a ball that rolled agonisingly just past the post.
Frickley were the better side for most of the game and would have won comfortably if they had taken their chances, particularly in the first half.
Reece McGinley had the first opportunity as he turned his defenders every which way before getting a shot off. Nicky Darker’s ball in was then headed by Jameel Ible only for the keeper to be well placed to save.
A Danny Burns long ball out of defence left Hazel clean through with a run into the box, but the young Basford keeper saved well.
On 41 minutes Frickley opened the scoring in unconventional fashion when the Basford keeper’s attempted clearance bounced off Hazel’s backside and found its way into the net. It was the Blues’ 100th league goal of the season and gave them the half-time advantage.
At half-time Chad Thomas presented director Ryan McKnight with a cheque on behalf of the Supporters Club and Frickley thanked them for their continued support and generosity.
It stayed 1-0 until the 68h minute when Liam Hearn netted and may have got away with a handball.
The leaders then took the lead eight minutes later as Hearn put the ball in the net from a corner.
But Frickley kept going and were justly rewarded as a throw in by Gavin Allott - who had come on as substitute after overcoming his injury - found Hazel in the box and with a deft little turn and sidefoot he did the rest for another goal in his memorable season.