Evo Stik Premier Division
KEVIN Sanasy repaid the faith of Blues boss Peter Rinkcavage by netting a hat trick to give his side’s survival hopes a major shot in the arm.
Without a win in five, Frickley got back to positive results in emphatic stugle with a 6-3 win at Ashton United.
Sanasy was drafted back into the starting XI alongside Ashley Longstaff in attack with Ashley Burbeary moved out to the right and Simon Sturdy returning from illness at centre half.
Longstaff fired the first warning shot on six months when he drilled a low effort from the edge of the area just wide.
But within minutes the Blues did take the lead when Burbeary’s free kick from the right was sliced over Ashton keeper Terry Smith’s head by his own man Ben Smith after pressure from Matty Bloor.
Six minutes later Ashton drew level when Steve Hall broke clear and crossed for the unmarked Ryan Crowther to volley in at the far post.
Frickley went back in front eight minutes from the break when Sanasy latched onto a long ball from James Kay and steered home.
Sanasy increased the lead when he beat the offside trap and blasted past Smith from the edge of the area.
Crowther added a second to bring Ashton back into the game but Frickley went clear again on the hour when Whitehouse released Fisher, who flashed a ball across the face of goal, which came back off the post, hit Ian Bennett and crossed the line.
Bennett made amends by drawing a save from Simpson with Burns stabbing home the rebound into an empty net.
But it was the last positive contribution Ashton would make as Longstaff fed in Burbeary who drilled home from the tightest of angles to increase Frickley’s lead.
Ashton skipper Craig Robinson was dismissed for a second yellow with 10 minutes to go and Frickley rounded off a great performance with Sanasy sealing his hat trick from 15 yards.
The win lifted Frickley out of the bottom four ahead of Saturday’s visit to FC Halifax Town and Tuesday evening clash wth Whitby Town at Westfield Lane.