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Testing 10 days ahead for Frickley

Frickley Athletic, set for a tough five games in 10 days.
Frickley Athletic, set for a tough five games in 10 days.

APRIL is shaping up to be a testing month for Frickley Athletic as they complete the run-in that they hope will ultimately lead to promotion back in to the top flight of the Evo-Stik League.

The postponements of the scheduled Evo-Stik South games at home to Peterborough Sports last Saturday and away to Stocksbridge Park Steels on Monday has left the Blues with a fixture backlog that sees them with eight regular season league games still to play and at least one more cup tie before the end of the month.

The Stocksbridge match will now take place next Thursday with a 7.45pm kick-off, but no date has yet been fixed for the Peterborough game.

Frickley are also waiting to hear when their Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup semi-final against Shaw Lane will be played and if they win that they would then obviously have a further match with the final.

Add to that the real possibility that the Blues could face play-offs to win promotion and it is clear the fitness of the players and size of the club’s squad is going to be severely tested.

Frickley now face five games in 10 days, beginning with a trip to play mid-table Belper Town this Saturday.

They then face Spalding United away next Tuesday in the game they have been ordered to play again because of FA rules despite there only being eight minutes left when the original match was abandoned.

The Stocksbridge match follows two days later before home games with leaders Basford United on April 14 and Carlton Town on April 16.

Frickley go into this testing spell still in fourth place and needing 12 points to make sure of a play-off place.

They are now six points behind Alvechurch, who are in the second automatic promotion spot, and have played one game more than them.