Frickley Athletic are hopeful that their excellent win against the odds at Worksop Town on the final day of the Evo-Stik Premier League season will be enough to earn them a Football Association reprieve from relegation.
After failing to win over Easter it looked like the Blues were set for the drop for finishing fourth from bottom in the Premier Division, but they still had a chance to earn a late reprieve – only if they could win their last game and that was no easy task as they were away to a Worksop side finishing in fourth place and still going for promotion.
They did their bit with a 3-1 victory and it is over to the FA and Evo-Stik NPL now to decide who has to drop a division with complications to the usual system brought about by the resignation of Vauxhall Motors from the Football Conference earlier this season.
Their voluntary demotion created an extra space in the pyramid structure that could result in only three sides going down instead of four, reprieving the 21st place side at Step 3.
Normally the fourth from bottom would go down, but Frickley are hoping they have taken full advantage of the opportunity after the shock away win at Worksop gave them a total of 49 points.
It appears they have pipped Wingate & Finchley, from the Isthmian League’s Premier Division, to the lifeline offered by Vauxhall Motors’ exit as although they also won on the final day of the season to also finish on 49 points from the same number of games they have an inferior goal difference.
It now looks to depend on whether goal difference will be used to determine who should stay up and if this is the case Frickley will have pulled off a great escape act on the final day of the season.
The Blues’ season has not ended, however, as they still have the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup final to play on Tuesday, May 6. They take on Athersley Rec with the game played at Hillsborough with a 7pm kick-off.
Frickley will be allowed to play Luke Hornsey after Scunthorpe United allowed his loan period with the Blues to be extended.