Frickley Athletic: Blues out to bag bragging rights over managerless Worksop Town

DEPARTED: Simon Clark left his post as Worksop Town manager on Monday.
DEPARTED: Simon Clark left his post as Worksop Town manager on Monday.
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Frickley Athletic will take on a managerless Worksop Town side when the old foes meet at Westfield Lane tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Tigers parted company with manager Simon Clark and his assistant Dave Frecklington on Monday after Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Blyth Spartans left them well adrift of the Evo-Stik Premier Division play-off places.

Coach Andy Lake and Town’s U19s boss Kevin Staniland will take charge of Worksop in South Elmsall tonight as the sides meet for the fifth time this season.

So far it is two wins apiece, making tonight’s match the season decider for bragging rights. The Tigers have won the last two games, in the league and Doodson Sport Cup. Frickley won the first two, in the FA Cup and Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup.

Neither side have anything to play for in terms of promotion and relegation, but both will be eager to finish the season well.

Both will also be keen to bounce back from disappointing weekend defeats.

The Blues let a 3-2 lead slip at Stocksbridge Park Steels to lose 4-3, while Worksop’s defeat at Blyth brought the end of Simon Clark’s spell as Tigers boss.

Frickley’s Gavin Allott is set to feature against his former club hot-on-the-heels of being named in the Evo-Stik Premier Division Team of the Year.

The Blues’ top-scorer attended the Evo-Stik Premier League Player of the Year awards ceremony in Barnsley on Sunday night to collect his award.

The team was selected from votes from all the Premier Division managers.

Allott was also named in the final five for the Northern Premier League Facebook Group Fans Player of the Year but narrowly missed out on the accolade.

The clash with the Tigers will be Frickley’s second game in a crucial six-day spell.

The Blues face Stocksbridge again on Thursday in the semi-finals of the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup and manager Karl Rose could tinker with his squad as a result.