Hat-trick hero Gav is the man for All seasons

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)

Hat-trick hero Gavin Allott hit a stoppage-time winner to earn Frickley a dramatic 3-2 win at home to Grantham Town on Saturday.

Allott, who had earlier netted twice from the penalty spot, struck again in the second minute of time added on, heading home from five yards from Joe Wilcox’s whipped cross to give Frickley the points.

Karl Rose’s men got off to the worst possible start when they fell behind after just 26 seconds of the contest.

Charley Sanders played a throughball looking for Jamie Jackson, but Blues goalkeeper Ben Simpson raced off his line to clear the danger.

His clearance ricocheted off Andy Villermann, however, and fall kindly for Sanders to collect the loose ball and steer it into an unguarded net.

Frickley thought they had equalised minutes later, only for Allott’s header to be ruled out for offside.

But they were level in the 25th minute, when Jake Picton went down under the challenge of Emeka Nwadike. Allott confidently beat Dan Haystead from the spot.

Five minutes later, Allott went from hero to villain when he fouled Adrian Hawes inside the area. Former Frickley man Ashley Burbeary converted the penalty to put them back ahead.

In the fourth minute of injury time at the end of the first half, Allott again levelled from the penalty spot when Picton was again impeded, this time by substitute Gary King.

Grantham had a header cleared off the line by Steve Gardner with two minutes left, only for Allott to net the winner in stoppage time at the other end.

The treble was his fifth in a Frickley shirt. Only four players - Jack Rowbottom (6), Willian Shaw and Keith Whiteley (both 7) and Dick Lawson (13) have scored more in the club’s history.