Frickley clinch place in play-offs

Frickley Athletic
Frickley Athletic

Frickley Athletic are assured of at least a play-off place after picking up the four points they needed to clinch a top six spot in the Evo-Stik South.

A 2-2 draw in a thrilling game with champions elect Basford United on Saturday was followed by a convincing 4-0 win over Carlton Town at the Big Fellas Stadium two days later to take the Blues to 72 points from their 38 games – 10 ahead of seventh-placed Leek Town who only have two matches left.

Frickley remain in third and can still overhaul Alvechurch for the second automatic promotion spot, but realistically need to win all four of their remaining fixtures.

If they can do that Alvechurch would then have to collect seven points from their five matches left and they still have some tricky away fixtures to come.

The three points Frickley had deducted for playing an ineligible player could still prove to be the difference between automatic promotion and the play-offs, but whatever the outcome Spencer Fearn’s men cannot be too disappointed as at the least they have a crack at the end of season play-offs to aim for.

They will want to go into them in good shape and are certainly ending the regular season in decent form, unbeaten in eight and winning seven of those matches.

Next up is a trip to Gresley FC this Saturday with the Blues also in action at home to Peterborough Sports next Tuesday.

Meanwhile, voting for player of the year is under way with ballot papers and a ballot box available at recent home games and at the forthcoming matches against Peterborough and Sheffield. The results will be announced and a presentation will be made to the winner at the end of season awards night event on May 6.