Frickley heading for hectic spell

Jameel Ible, back after suspension for Frickley Athletic.
Jameel Ible, back after suspension for Frickley Athletic.

Frickley Athletic are set to go from three weeks without a game to a hectic three weeks when they face seven league and cup matches in 22 days if the weather allows.

After rain put paid to their planned game against Buxton the previous week it was a frozen pitch that saw the scheduled home match with Darlington 1883 called off last Saturday.

The club was disappointed when the pitch at the SW Jackson Utilities Stadium failed a 10.30am inspection after they had anticipated a good crowd for the game with title chasers Darlington. The fixture will be rearranged, but it will now almost certainly be a midweek game with a smaller crowd the likely result.

With no midweek match this week it will have been three weeks without any action for the Blues when they return to action, weather permitting, this Saturday in the Evo-Stik Premier League.

They are due to be at home to Ramsbottom United (3pm) and will be aiming for three points to help them climb from their current 14th position with their opponents sitting at the bottom of the table.

Victory would give Frickley the double over Ramsbottom after they won the away game 2-0 back in August.

For the return, manager Rose is expected to have a stronger squad at his disposal than for his side’s one game so far of 2016 when they lost to Rushall Olympic with defender Jameel Ible and midfielder Luke Hinsley both available again following suspension and two recent signings, Louis Horne and James Walshaw, expected to be in the squad.

Frickley will have to be wary, however, as their visitors have been somewhat unpredictable in their recent games, losing their last match 6-0 at Ashton United, but winning their previous two matches against Grantham Town and Stourbridge, scoring seven goals in the process.

The Blues are also due to be in action in a quick follow-up on Monday night when they travel to play Ilkeston Town, who stand one place and three points above Athletic (kick-off 7.45pm).

There have been a few changes to forthcoming Frickley fixtures with new dates for the games at Marine, Stourbridge and Buxton.

The away game against Marine will now take place on Tuesday, March 8 with the away fixture against Stourbridge taking place on Saturday, March 12. This is instead of the away game against Buxton, which will now take place on Tuesday, April 12.