Frickley aiming to pull clear of relegation zone

Frickley Athletic manager Karl Rose.
Frickley Athletic manager Karl Rose.

After climbing back out of the bottom four with a morale-boosting away win at Rushall Olympic last weekend, Frickley Athletic are looking to get further out of danger with home and away games over the Easter holiday.

Karl Rose’s men know their plight is in their own hands with six games remaining as they stand a point clear of fourth bottom Stamford, from a game fewer, five in front of Marine and 17 and 22 ahead of the relegation doomed Trafford and Belper Town, who the Blues have still to play.

With only two of the matches to come at home Frickley will feel they need the make the best of these games, but also know they face a tough task this Saturday when Ilkeston Town come to Westfield Lane (kick-off 3pm).

Second-placed Ilkeston are pushing for the title and may have to win all their remaining games to achieve their aim as they are four points behind leaders FC United of Manchester from two games more.

Frickley gave them a good game at Ilkeston in February, however, when only losing 1-0 to an early goal so should not lack confidence.

The Blues quickly follow-up against fellow relegation candidates next Monday (3pm) when they travel to the Yorkshire coast to face Whitby Town, who stood three points above Athletic after last weekend’s matches.