Top scorer set to return for Frickley’s tough test

Gavin Allott, set to return to action for Frickley Athletic.
Gavin Allott, set to return to action for Frickley Athletic.

After losing another game to the weather Frickley Athletic find themselves just one place above the relegation zone in the Evo-Stik Premier League ahead of their hoped for return to action this Saturday.

Karl Rose’s men do have games in hand on all bar one of the teams round them, but having had three games postponed recently have found themselves unluckily slipping down to 20th in the table.

They remain three ahead of fourth from bottom Witton Albion, but clearly need to pick up some points in the next month to ease the pressure.

They face another tough test this Saturday, however, when they host Workington, who went third with their 2-1 win over Barwell last weekend and have won seven of their last nine matches. Kick-off at Westfield Lane is 3pm.

Frickley can take some confidence from the fact they gave their Cumbrian opponents a good game earlier in the season when they drew 1-1 in the away game in September.

The Blues are looking to bounce back from a narrow defeat at another of the title challengers, Ilkeston, in their most recent game and manager Rose should have a stronger squad to choose from.

Athletic look likely to be boosted by the return of both Jake Stannard and Gavin Allott while goalkeeper Ben Simpson made an encouraging return to the substitutes bench after injury at Ilkeston.

However, midfielder Matt Young will miss the game as he serves a one-match suspension following his sending off against Stourbridge.

The scheduled game at Ashton United was postponed last Saturday following a pitch inspection. The Hurst Cross pitch was subjected to a lot of rain in the days leading up to game day and following on from more rain and snow overnight the pitch was declared unplayable on the morning.

The game has now been rescheduled by the Evo-Stik League for Tuesday, March 10 with a 7.45pm kick-off.

The away game at Barwell, which was due to be played on March 10, has been rearranged because Barwell will be playing a county cup tie that week, and will now be played next Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm).

Frickley’s Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup semi-final against Handsworth Parramore has been arranged for Tuesday, March 31 and will kick-off at 7.45pm.

The game will take place at Sandy Lane, which is also the home of Worksop Town FC.

The winners will face the winners of the Maltby Main versus Athersley Recreation tie or Nostell MW in the final at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium.