FRICKLEY Athletic bowed out of the Doodson Sport Cup with a 4-1 defeat at Worksop Town on Wednesday night.
Three goals in seven first-half minutes proved crucial for the Tigers at Babbage Way as the Blues failed to make it a hat-trick of cup wins against their old foes this season.
Karl Rose’s men had already enjoyed wins over Worksop in the FA Cup and Sheffield and Hallamshire County Cup going into last night’s third round clash.
Town were eager for revenge, especially after being thrashed 6-2 in the last meeting in the County Cup, and they dished it up in emphatic fashion.
Frickley made a number of changes to the side that drew 3-3 with Rushall Olympic at the weekend. Goalkeeper Tom Woodhead was unavailable due to work commitments, giving Darren Shirt a debut in goal, while former Tiger Gavin Allott and Matty Bloor were on the bench after picking up knocks.
Steve Gardner was not eligible to play as part of his loan conditions from North Ferriby United and Rose went with Chris Wood and Danny Stimpson up front.
Adrian Hawes broke the deadlock for the hosts after 19 minutes and the goal opened the floodgates, with Jamie Jackson doubling Town’s lead just two minutes later and Matthew Telling adding a third in the 26th minute as Worksop ran riot.
The visitors looked to hit back before half-time and Patrece Liburd saw a header tipped over the bar before Frickley kicked-off the second half in brighter fashion, with Wood coming close.
The Blues’ pressure was rewarded when substitute Luke Hinsley reduced the arrears in the 52nd-minute.
But any hopes of a comeback were put to bed seven minutes later when Jackson grabbed his second goal of the game.
It could have got worse for the South Elmsall side but Shirt produced a good save to deny Jackson his hat-trick.
Worksop: Timms, Powell, Ridley (Dilau 70), Telling, Hawes, Ludlam, Beeson (Jackson 68), Scott, Modest (Twell 69), Jackson, Potts. Unused subs: Alali, Young.
Frickley: Shirt, Jeffs, Buck, Picton, Liburd, Danville (Hinsley 30), Howarth (Yates 68), Barwick, Stimpson, Wood, Ghaichem. Unused subs: Allott, Bloor, Levers.
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