Former player of year leaves Frickley

Jake Picton in action for Frickley Athletic.
Jake Picton in action for Frickley Athletic.

Frickley Athletic have suffered a blow with news that their popular former Scunthorpe United midfielder or defender Jake Picton has left the club.

Picton has been a mainstay of the Blues side in the past two seasons after joining from Blue Square Bet North side Harrogate Town, but has now secured a move to Conference North side Gainsborough Trinity.

Picton has had just under two seasons with Frickley and was voted the supporters’ player of the year in his first season.

He went on to make more than 100 appearances for the team after quickly being established as a key player.

Having originally joined as a central defender, he successfully moved into midfield from where he scored his share of goals to help secure the Blues’ place in the Premier Division of the Evo-Stik League.

The club have said that they wish him well at his new club.

Frickley will find themselves in a revised Premier Division next season following the resignation of Worksop Town.

On May 22 Worksop, who finished in fourth place last season, submitted a formal letter of resignation and this was accepted by the league board with the decision immediately being notified as a matter of urgency to the Football Association due to the knock-on implications of club allocations across steps 3, 4 and 5 of the national league system.

The league then received further correspondence from Worksop asking for the resignation to be withdrawn, but the board voted unanimously to uphold its original decision and declined the request.

The FA has now confirmed that Halesowen Town will return to the Evo-Stik League and Stourbridge FC will move to the Northern Premier from the Southern League to replace Worksop with Corby Town returning to the Southern League.

Frickley, meanwhile, are appealing for volunteers to help with this Saturday’s Working Day at their Westfield Lane ground, from 9.30am.

Help is needed from anyone who can either spare just an hour or several hours. The main work planned is to break up damaged terracing for repair so anyone who can bring shovels or a sledgehammer will be a great help.

If you are able to help then just turn up at the ground from 9.30am onwards.