Spalding United’s mini unbeaten run is over.
The Tulips had picked up two home wins and two away draws in four games this month - but an early effort proved enough on Tuesday night.
Frickley Athletic’s search for a fifth successive home win got off to a perfect start on six minutes as Carl Stewart beat the offside trap and coolly slotted past Michael Duggan.
The keeper - who was named man of the match in the previous two games - easily held onto Stewart’s header and produced a point-blank save from the striker before the break.
At the other end, Gary King twice missed the target and Jamie McGhee forced the only first-half save from Seb Malkowski.
Spalding’s best move saw Jenk Acar move inside to link up with Brad Maslen-Jones and McGhee, only for Jamie Jackson’s drive to flash narrowly wide.
Jacob Hazel fired over at the start of the second half and Jamel Ible glanced a header wide after Tom Dugdale delivered another set-piece.
King’s free-kick went a couple of inches too high following a trip on McGhee who struggled to shake off the knock, being replaced by Lewis Millington.
Malkowski tipped over Nathan Whitehead’s 25-yard drive as Spalding pushed for an equaliser.
The Tulips’ second-half performance was a huge improvement, although Hazel went close on a counter-attack.
Maslen-Jones saw a shot deflected wide as Spalding forced a series of corners.
A double substitution brought a change of system to 3-4-3 and Jackson forced a low save.
Millington’s header was blocked close to the line and Frickley survived a scramble.
3-4-3: Malkowski; Gooda (sub Bailey 78 mins), Grant Allott, Ible; Bloor, Nodder (sub Overton 85 mins), Burton, Dugdale; Hazel, Gavin Allott, Stewart (sub Yates 62 mins). Subs not used: Palmer, Stancliffe.
4-4-2: Duggan; Townrow (sub Fletcher 78 mins), Spafford, Humble, A Jackson; McGhee (sub Millington 61 mins), Maslen-Jones (sub Reittie 78 mins), Whitehead, Acar; J Jackson, King. Subs not used: Walker, Smith.
Stewart (6 mins, 1-0).
A Jackson, Ible (fouls).
Chasetown (H) – Saturday.