Frickley aim to home in on first win of 2016

Luke Hinsley, turned down an offer from another club to stay with Frickley Athletic.
Luke Hinsley, turned down an offer from another club to stay with Frickley Athletic.

Frickley Athletic will try again to gain their first win of 2016 on Saturday when they are due to host Darlington 1883 in the Evo-Stik Premier League.

Karl Rose’s men were beaten 2-0 by Rushall Olympic in their first game since the turn of the year and were not allowed to make amends last weekend when their scheduled match against Buxton was postponed.

The game at the SW Jackson Utilities Stadium was called off following a 10.30am pitch inspection when the pitch was found to be waterlogged after more heavy rain on the day.

It has now been rearranged for Tuesday, February 9, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Frickley’s inactivity left them down in 14th place in the league and they know they face a tough test this Saturday against opponents who are up in sixth with a good away record of seven wins and only three defeats from their 12 matches on their travels.

Darlington still harbour hopes of winning the league as although they are 12 points behind leaders Blyth Spartans, they do have four games in hand. Frickley know all about their ability as they beat the Blues 3-0 back in August.

Frickley will be boosted by the return of defender Jameel Ible and midfielder Luke Hinsley following suspension and manager Rose is pleased that Hinsley is still with the club after turning down a move to another Evo-Stik Premier Division club who had made an approach for him.

Another addition to the squad is versatile defender Louis Horne who has joined from Harrogate Railway.

The 24-year-old was a junior at Bradford City where he had a loan spell at Halifax Town. He has since had spells at Hinckley United, Buxton, Vauxhall Motors, Goole AFC, Scarborough Athletic and Ossett Town.

The signing boosts a Blues squad that has been depleted in recent weeks with Louis Bruce and Ross Armstrong both injured. Royale Johnson has recovered from injury, but would have been unavailable last Saturday while young wide player Brad Dockerty also made himself unavailable.

Brett Lucas has joined Scott Matthews in playing at a lower level to get games in, Dominic Rowe is struggling to recover from an ankle injury and Jake Ellam is recovering from a broken foot sustained against Phoenix in the Senior Cup.

Frickley are going to need as strong a squad as possible as they face a testing period round the end of the month with seven games in 22 days, including a Sheffield & Hallam Senior Cup tie.