FC UNITED are facing a gruelling fixture pile-up with six games in two weeks.
FC have suffered at the hands of the weather and landlords Bury with a spate of postponements preventing them from playing a game of football since January 26.
The reds take on league leaders Skelmersdale United in the UniBond First Division North at Gigg Lane on Saturday, February 16, kick-off 3pm, needing a win to keep tabs on the top of the table. Skelmersdale are 10 points ahead of sixth-placed FC but have played three games more.
FC then play at Nantwich in the Presidents Cup on Monday, February 18, kick-off 7.45pm, Chorley at Gigg Lane in the league two days later on Wednesday, February 20, kick-off 7.45pm, Bamber Bridge away on Saturday, February 23, kick-off 3pm, Woodley Sports at home on Wednesday, February 27, kick-off 7.45pm, and Bamber Bridge (again) at home on Saturday, March 1, kick-off 3pm.
To gain valuable match fitness, FC arranged a friendly at Flixton, which was scheduled to be played after the Advertiser went to press last night, Wednesday, February 13.
Meanwhile, FC have been in talks with Bury and the UniBond League over the postponement of the match against Woodley, which was scheduled for the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster on Wednesday, February 6.
The referee passed the Gigg Lane pitch fit to play on but Bury unilaterally called the game off over concerns that the surface needed to recover from their game against Stockport the night before.
Admission for the Skelmersdale game costs £7.50 for adults, £5 for over-60s and £2 for under-18s.