Frickley aim to end Stourbridge’s winning run

Frickley coach Jon Hood.
Frickley coach Jon Hood.

After an unexpected week off Frickley Athletic face a tough return to action this Saturday when they travel to play in-form Stourbridge in the Evo-Stik Premier League.

Karl Rose’s men were due to meet Stourbridge at home last Saturday in the first of back to back games, but the match was postponed following a 9.30am inspection when it was found that there were areas of standing water on the Westfield Lane pitch following heavy snow and rainfall in the previous 24 hours.

Weather permitting, the teams will meet at Stourbridge this Saturday (kick-off 3pm), with tenth-placed Frickley up against opponents in sixth place.

Stourbridge have won their last six Evo-Stik League matches as they moved into the play-off positions before last weekend – some 12 points ahead of the Blues.

With Frickley having won six of their last nine games it should be a good contest between two teams who have been playing some good football in 2016.

But the Blues will be looking to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat at Barwell in their previous game, which brought them back to earth after the impressive win at long-time league leaders Blyth Spartans in the previous midweek. Barwell won again last weekend to go into fifth.

Manager Karl Rose should have the same squad available as he has had in recent weeks, but Frickley will be without coach Jon Hood, who is starting a suspension for comments allegedly made to the referee at the home game against Blyth Spartans in December.

The home game with Stourbridge will be rearranged for later in the season, but the Blues do have a congested fixture list in the next few weeks.

Frickley will be back at home next Tuesday night when they host Ashton United, who are three places and eight points above the Blues from a game less. Kick-off at the SW Jackson Utilities Stadium is 7.45pm.

It will be a revenge mission after Ashton won the first meeting between the sides, 2-0, back in September, in a game marred by some controversial refereeing decisions.

Due to Nantwich Town’s involvement in the FA Trophy semi finals the Blues’ game against them on Saturday, March 19 has been postponed.

The game has now been set for Wednesday, March 30, kick-off 7.45pm.

This gives Frickley a tough schedule round Easter with games at home to Colwyn Bay on Saturday, March 26, away to Grantham Town on Monday, March 28 and then at home to Nantwich two days later.