By Callum Petterson

Callum Petch and Alfie Wilkinson were both at the double as George Doyle topped off a five-star performance for Golcar United against Frickley Athletic at the Skye Direct Stadium.

The 5-0 victory on Tuesday night saw the village win their third game in a row and keep their first clean sheet since November.

Golcar got off to a flying start, with Wilkinson nearly getting on the scoresheet just 40 seconds into the game but his effort was blocked well by the Frickley defence.

Frickley goalkeeper Harry Allen was busy all night, and it looked from the off like it might take something special to beat him.

In the 22nd minute, up stepped Petch who rifled the ball into the top corner of the net, leaving the keeper with no chance.

Just on the stroke of half-time, Ollie Russon lined up a free kick on the edge of the box. He struck the ball exceptionally well but the Frickley goalkeeper pulled off a superb save to deny Golcar from doubling their advantage.

It took just two minutes into the second half for Golcar to get their second goal. After some good work by Doyle near the byline, he played the ball just behind Wilkinson, who re-adjusted himself well to dispatch an acrobatic finish into the bottom corner.

Just before the hour, Petch headed home his second to make it 3-0. Doyle then added a fourth for his 15th goal of the season when he spotted Allen off his line and looped the ball over and around the stranded keeper.

With just over 15 minutes remaining, Wilkinson scored again making it 5-0 and that was his fourth goal in two games.

A corner bounced kindly for him on the heavy surface and Wilkinson smashed it into the roof of the net on the half volley.

The Frickley side didn’t pose much of a threat to Sam Kelly’s goal the whole game, as the village dominated from the off, but Danny Stocker came to the rescue in the 90th minute to preserve the clean sheet, putting his body on the line to deny Frickley a consolation goal.

Wilkinson described a “class performance from back to front” and said: “The defence were putting bodies on the line even at 5-0 to defend the clean sheet, and even when the game was out of sight we were still creating and could’ve scored more.”

Golcar moved up to 8th in the table but remain nine points away from Thackley in the play-off places. Golcar go to Maltby Main on Saturday February 24.

Images by: Huddersfield Hub photographer SEAN DOYLE