Frickley Athletic players were left kicking their heels on Saturday when their first-ever visit to Ramsbottom United’s Harry Williams Riverside Stadium was called off.
Heavy snow in the week on top of an already frozen field left the Ramsbottom pitch unplayable although volunteers helped to clear snow off the playing surface and the postponed Evo-Stik Premier League game will now be played later in the season with a date still to be decided.
Frickley were looking to bounce back from the previous week’s defeat to Barwell, which ended a five-match unbeaten run and were aiming to build on their recent improved away form.
Manager Karl Rose had close to a full strength squad to choose from with top scorer Gavin Allott now back to full fitness after injury, although goalkeeper Ben Simpson was still struggling to recover from his back injury.
Rose will check on Simpson’s fitness before naming his team when the Blues hope to return to action this Saturday at home to Halesowen Town (kick-off 3pm).
Frickley’s visitors stand seven places and nine points above them and have proved hard to beat with only three away defeats so far and three at home, although they have drawn 12 of their 28 matches.
When the two teams met back in August it was a close contest in which Athletic brought back a point from their travels with a 1-1 draw courtesy of an injury-time free-kick by Matty Young.
The Blues remain in 17th place in the Evo-Stik Premier despite not playing last weekend and are seven points clear of the bottom four with games in hand on three of them.
Frickley will be able to include Jack Broadhead in their side against Halesowen after Chesterfield FC extended his loan with the Westfield Lane club for a third and final month.
The 20 year-old central defender has been a big success with the Evo-Stik Premier League club since arriving on loan at Westfield Lane on November 21 and will remain with the Blues until Saturday, February 21 when Athletic visit Ashton United.
Cameron Murray, however, has returned to York City now his loan has expired.
Frickley Athletic FC’s AGM will take place in the Bigfellas Social Club at 7pm on Thursday, February 19.
All members are welcome to attend with current paid up members having been sent a formal notice by email or post.
Those who have not paid their membership fee for this season will need to do so before the meeting if they wish to attend. New members are always welcome.