Frickley eager to return to action after break

Action from Frickley Athletic's most recent game against Barwell.
Action from Frickley Athletic's most recent game against Barwell.
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Frickley Athletic aim to get back on the pitch to end three weeks of inactivity when they are due to entertain Stourbridge at Westfield Lane on Saturday.

The Blues’ decent start to the year and bid to pull right away from the relegation zone in the Evo-Stik Premier League has been derailed by the weather with another game postponed last Saturday and their last football played on January 17.

Following snowfalls throughout last week the match at home to Halesowen had to be called off early with no prospect of play obvious from Saturday morning.

Frickley players were left kicking their heels again, but despite the result and several of their rivals getting games on there was not too much damage to their prospects.

The Blues have dropped down a place to 18th as Stamford went above them with a 3-2 win at bottom of the table Belper Town, but they remain seven points above fourth from bottom Matlock Town, who lost at Stourbridge and are 10 ahead of third bottom Marine, who were beaten 2-1 at home to Kings Lynn Town. They also have two games in hand on both.

This Saturday Frickley host a Stourbridge team that stands eight places and 12 points above them from one game more.

They travel off the back of their 1-0 win at home to Matlock last weekend, although their recent form is mixed with three victories and three defeats in six matches in 2015.

The Blues will be looking for revenge after losing, albeit narrowly, at Stourbridge in October when Gavin Allott scored a penalty in a 2-1 result. Kick-off is 3pm.

Frickley are also in action next Tuesday when they travel to take on a Blyth Spartans side they have beaten twice in league and cup so far this season. Kick-off is 7.45pm.

The Blues will have to beat Nottinghamshire side Handsworth Parramore if they are to get to Hillsborough again in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup final.

After reaching the semi-finals once more Frickley have been drawn away to Parramore, who play at Sandy Lane, Worksop, with the tie to be played before the end of March. The other semi-final sees Maltby Main or Athersley Recreation or Penistone Church host Rossington Main or Nostell MW.

Frickley are looking for match sponsors for several of the remaining home games this season, including on Saturday against Halesowen.

For £150 a sponsor will receive pre-match, half-time and full-time hospitality with a hot and cold buffet for up to eight guests. They also receive complimentary programmes as well as programme, tannoy, website and social media advertising. Contact commercial manager Andy Picken on 07887 400202 or andy@handywriter.co.uk