A dozen games fall victim to weather, but the Blues lose

Frickley v Kendal Town. Jimmy Ghaichem
Frickley v Kendal Town. Jimmy Ghaichem
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The inclement weather hit the non-league fixtures for a third successive weekend.

Stocksbridge Park Steels’ home clash against Barwell was one of 12 games postponed across the Evo-Stik League’s three divisions. It was the first time this season that the Bracken Moor pitch as fell foul of the weather.

Sheffield FC will have forgotten what it’s like to play at home after their match against Newcastle Town at Dronfield was also called off with standing water on the pitch in several places.

It’s now two months since Club last played at home and 2-1 victory against Leek Town at the beginning of December.

They are now left with 12 of their remaining 17 games to squeeze in at the home of football.

Worksop Town’s home game against Nantwich was another postponement.

But the Tigers remain fourth in the Premier Division despite their inactivity after play-off rivals Ashton United, the team directly below them, lost 2-1 at lowly Stamford.

Relegation-threatened Frickley Athletic did play but suffered a disappointing 3-1 home defeat against Matlock Town in a wind affected game at Westfield Lane.

Former Blues player James Ashmore gave the Gladiators a 17th minute lead with a wind assisted corner floating straight into the net.

Shaun Tuton with a neat finish doubled the advantage on the half hour mark before scoring his second and Matlock’s third two minutes into the second half after a mistake by keeper James Hitchcock.

Frickley pulled one back six minutes from time with a terrific strike from substitute Jimmy Ghaichem but it was too little too late.

Buxton continue their slide down the table after suffering a sixth straight defeat in an eight match winless run with a 2-0 reversal at second in the table Skelmersdale United.

It leaves Martin McIntosh’s one-time play-off hopefuls down in 16th place and seven-points outside the drop zone