FRICKLEY Athletic’s struggles against relegation from the Evo-Stik Premier Division continued on Tuesday night when they lost 2-0 at home against Kendal Town.
Goals from Alex Taylor and Mark Jackson gave the Cumbrians three points and saw them complete a league ‘double’ against the Blues.
The loss leaves Frickley two points adrift of safety with six games remaining this season.
Peter Rinkcavage’s men wanted to bounce back from their disappointing 3-0 loss at Mickleover Sports at the weekend but made the worst possible start.
The home defence was all at sea and allowed Taylor to fire the visitors ahead after just eight minutes.
It took time for Frickley to fashion a response but when they did Ashley Longstaff could only glance a header straight into the arms of Kendal goalkeeper David Newnes.
Simon Gray, Ashley Dunn and Taylor all came close to extending Kendal’s advantage but the scoreline stayed 1-0 in favour of Town at the interval.
The visitors continued to press at the start of the second half, with Rory Winters heading just wide from a corner.
At 1-0, Frickley always had a chance of finding a leveller and they enjoyed a purple patch when Grant Darley fired over and James Ashmore had a shot well saved.
Andy Catton also blazed over for the hosts as they poured forward in search of the leveller.
But Kendal hit them on the break to seal the victory with five minutes to go.
Gary McEvatt broke from a Frickley attack and fed Danny Wisdom, who tapped in the second to complete the scoring.
Frickley: Simpson, Starosa, Kay, Darley, Lister, Jones (Sturdy 84), Catton (Hindley 75), Ashmore, Longstaff, Burbeary, Whitehouse (Watts 65). Subs not used: Colliver, Walsh.
Kendal: Newnes, Walmsley (Tucker 46), Howson, Winters, Gray, Wisdom, Donnelly (Osman 82), McEvatt, Taylor (Jackson 75), Dunn, Williams. Subs not used: Foster, Sumner.
Referee: Mr M Griffiths.
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