Frickley Athletic start on road to Hillsborough with Bentley Colliery cup test

CUP TEST: Frickley boss Karl Rose will target Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup progress against Bentley tonight
CUP TEST: Frickley boss Karl Rose will target Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup progress against Bentley tonight

FRICKLEY Athletic turn their attentions to a third different cup competition in as many matches tonight when they host Bentley Colliery in the first round of the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Blues reached the final of the competition last season, going down to old foes Worksop Town at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium.

It may not have the prestige of the FA Cup and FA Trophy, two competitions the South Elmsall side have recently bowed out of, but Blues boss Karl Rose is still looking at it as the chance to add some silverware to the Westfield Lane trophy cabinet.

“I want to win every game and this gives us the chance to win some silverware,” he said.

“I’ll be making some changes because we’ve got a massive month ahead of us. We need to give some players a chance to play so that if and when we do need to use them in the league then they’ll be ready.

“If they come in and play well they have every chance of keeping their place in the team. There’s one place already up for grabs because Luke Jeffs will start his three-match suspension this weekend.

“We have a lot of games coming us so I need to think about that but I’ll be putting a team out there that I think are capable of winning the game.”

Players such as Tom Johnston, Reece Fennell, Zack Levers, Chris Wood, Henry Sibenge and Jason Yates, substitutes at Harrogate on Saturday, could be handed starts.

Frickley will still be favourites to progress tonight but Rose won’t be underestimating the Central Midlands League side.

“It’ll be Bentley’s cup final,” he said.

“Like when we went to Harrogate Town on Saturday [in the FA Cup] they’ll come here and they’ll put in a big effort and make it really hard for us.

“We’ve got to match their work rate and if we do hopefully that bit of extra quality we have will see us though.”

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