Frickley ready to test Salford’s promotion chasers

Frickley's Luke Hinsley goes on a run against Ramsbottom United in last Saturday's Evo-Stik Premier League game. (AB027c0116)
Frickley's Luke Hinsley goes on a run against Ramsbottom United in last Saturday's Evo-Stik Premier League game. (AB027c0116)
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It is one in and one out for Frickley Athletic as midfielder Jack Wakefield has re-signed for the club, but left-back Connor Griffin has left to join Stocksbridge Park Steels.

Wakefield, 28, has missed most of the last 18 months due to injury, but is now building up his fitness in an attempt to force his way back into the squad and will be hoping to feature in this Saturday’s game away to second-placed Salford City in the Evo-Stik Premier League.

Griffin has struggled with injury since joining the club in the summer, only making a few appearances, and he has taken up an offer to join Chris Hilton at Stocksbridge.

Frickley will need all their players to be at their best if they are bring any points back from their trip to Salford this Saturday.

The team run by several former Manchester United players became high profile with an FA Cup run featured by the BBC and are pushing hard for promotion this year.

But Athletic did run them close in the sides’ first meeting of the year, only losing 1-0 in October in an ill-tempered game that saw three players red carded and led to then Frickley assistant manager James Dudgeon leaving the club following an altercation on the sidelines.

And the Blues go into the match with renewed confidence following back to back victories this week that have lifted them into the top half of the table.

Frickley are also in action next Tuesday when they turn their attentions back to the Sheffield & Hallam Senior Cup they won last year. They face a quarter-final at home to NCE League side AFC Emley (kick-off 7.45pm).