Winning run not enough as Frickley are set to miss out on top two finish

Gavin Allott signals his third goal for Frickley Athletic against Gresley before going on to hit a fourth. Picture: Onion Bag Photos
Gavin Allott signals his third goal for Frickley Athletic against Gresley before going on to hit a fourth. Picture: Onion Bag Photos

Frickley Athletic look like missing out on automatic promotion despite taking their unbeaten run to 10 games on Tuesday night when they beat Peterborough Sports 4-2 at home in the Evo-Stik South.

They were hoping victory would keep the pressure on Alvechurch in the battle for the second automatic promotion spot, but their rivals also came up with a 3-0 success at Market Drayton Town on the same night and are now six points ahead of the Blues with just one more point needed from their last two matches to seal runners-up spot.

Frickley have at least sealed third place to ensure a home match in the play-offs and they took their goals tally up to an incredible 115 in the league with their four against Peterborough.

They were ahead in the second minute with Cameron Hough setting up top scorer Jacob Hazel to score another goal from 15 yards out.

After Peterborough hit the crossbar in the second half the hosts doubled their advantage when Reece McGinley cut inside to score after meeting Hazel’s cross.

Two goals in six minutes by Avelino Vieira and Joshua McCammon turned the game round for the visitors, but Frickley finished strongly to claim the points with Tom Dugdale netting twice, the second with a strike from 20 yards.

Frickley showed again why they are the division’s top scorers with another goal fest at Gresley FC last Saturday.

Gavin Allott has fallen behind Jacob Hazel in the goal scoring charts this season, but after missing several games through injury he is fresh and raring to go again and showed what he could do by netting four times in a 6-1 victory.

Frickley were actually behind after conceding a fourth minute goal with Daniel Quinn netting from an unchallenged header from a corner.

But they were all square in the 16th minute when a Nicky Darker throw-in was flicked on and then headed into his own net by Jamie Barrett.

More chances came and went for the visitors and it was not until the second half that their domination finally showed on the scoreboard with four goals in 14 minutes.

Allott was the catalyst for the change in fortunes as he came off the bench to make an amazing contribution. Within five minutes he had netted with a smart finish while on the floor following Hazel’s initial burst down the left and dangerous cross into the box.

A second soon followed with a header from Hazel’s cross and the floodgates had opened. Tyler Walton showed good feet in the area to work space to make it 4-1 and Allott had his fourth hat-trick of the season as he sent the keeper the wrong way with a penalty after a strong run into the box by Darker had ended in him being bundled over.

Frickley rounded off their good afternoon’s work with the best goal of the game in the 90th minute as good work by Sam Liversidge, George Milner, Walton and Hazel led to Allott netting again with an easy header for his 27th goal of the campaign. The six of the best took the Blues’ total of league goals past the previous record for the Evo-Stik South, beating Coalville’s 108.