DISAPPOINTED Pickering Town had their home league game with Nostell NW postponed due to frost and ice on Saturday.

Now out of all cup competitions, promotion is the club's main aim.

The Pikes have 18 league games still to play in the 13 remaining weeks of the season. They are currently fourth in the Northern Counties East league Premier Division, having played 20 league games and gained 43 points.

Leaders Winterton Rangers won 3-0 away at Armthorpe Welfare on Saturday and have 57 points from the 20 games played. Second-placed Glapwell have 52 points from 23 games and on Saturday they dropped two vital points when they were held 1-1 at home by Glasshoughton Welfare.

Third-placed Liversedge won 3-1 away at Mickleover on Saturday and they have 52 points from 24 games played. Next come the Pikes and in fifth place comes local rivals Selby Town who were held 1-1 at home by Long Eaton United on Saturday.

Selby have played 25 games, five more than the Pikes, and have 42 points. The main advantage for the Pikes is that the top three sides, Winterton Rangers, Glapwell and Liversedge, all have to visit Mill Lane for the Pikes to hopefully take points off all three of them.

Last night (Tuesday) the Pikes were supposed to be playing a league fixture away at Eccleshill United, and on Saturday the Pikes are away at Brodsworth MW, kick-off 3pm.

Brodsworth is situated north of Doncaster. turn off the A1 for Woodlands and the ground is through Woodlands on your way left near the Miners Welfare.

When Brodsworth visited the Pikes in September the Pikes were worthy 63 winners so a league double is this week's target. Brodsworth are currently fifth from bottom in the league table.

The Pikes will have one eye on the city's FA Vase games. Merstham who beat the Pikes last week, are at home to Northern League fourth-placed Consett.

The Pikes have received their £1,200 for getting past Winterton Rangers in the previous round of the FA Vase.

The Pikes have launched their next major fundraising event, their grand spring draw.

Sellers of tickets are required and anyone who can help is asked to contact chairman Tony Dunning at his Bridge Street Butchers Shop, telephone 01751 472627 or home: 01751 473697.

First prize is £100, second prize £50 and there are many other very impressive prizes. Tickets cost 20p each.

Manager Mark Wood gave his players a week off training last week which should have helped the odd player recover from knocks and injuries sustained in the FA Cup trip to Merstham.

Georgie Rose still has two more games to serve in his three match suspension for his sending off in the away game at Glasshoughton Welfare played at the end of December.

Wood confirmed to the Gazette &Herald that he secured the signing on loan for a month of former Pikes favourite Tom Adams from Whitby Town.

Adams, a right side of midfield player with tremendous skill, is a former Pikes player.

He has also played for Selby Town but the Pikes have secured his signature for the month of February.

With the games to get in he will be a very useful addition to the Pikes squad as Wood continues his search to add another player or two to his wafer thin squad.