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Football - Frickley Athletic (blue) v Blyth Spartans (green). Frickley's Gavin Allott. (H520M306)
Football - Frickley Athletic (blue) v Blyth Spartans (green). Frickley's Gavin Allott. (H520M306)

Frickley manager Karl Rose was rewarded for keeping faith in his players, with a 4-2 victory over Rushall Olympic at the weekend.

Rose, whose side were unfortunate to lose to Buxton in midweek, resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes to his starting line up, and watched them bounce back in the best possible fashion with a Gavin Allott hat-trick, and a strike from Luke Hinsley, sealing their first win of the campaign.

It was Hinsley who started the ball rolling in the fifth minute, when he coolly slotted past Olympic goalkeeper Lewis Sully from 12 yards.

Former Birmingham and Coventry star Dele Adebola then had a chance to draw Olympic level, and an equaliser duly arrived on 20 minutes when Ahmed Obeng went down under a challenge from Joe Wilcox.

The referee awarded a penalty, and Luke Bottomer did the rest from the spot.

The Blues regained the lead on 32 minutes with a penalty of their own, Allott converting after Hinsley was brought down, and that man Allott netted again five minutes after half-time.

Rushall reduced the deficit again on 62 minutes when Adebola helped Josh Craddock’s cross into the path of Obeng, but the two-goal lead was soon restored when Allott sealed his hat-trick, stroking the ball past the onrushing Sully.

n Frickley Athletic : Tom Woodhead, Joe Wilcox, Steve Gardner, Jake Picton, Mark Gray, Luke Jeffs, Jimmy Ghaichem (Jason Yates 83 mins), Matt Bloor, Luke Hinsley, Gavin Allott, Joe Fox.

n Unused subs. Ollie Fearon, Andy Villermann, Lee Stratford, Jon Hood.