Frickley Athletic boss Karl Rose says his wounded side are desperate to make amends for their 6-4 defeat at Stamford on the opening day of the Evo-Stik Premier League season.
The Blues host Buxton in their first home match of the new season tonight (kick-off 7.45pm) and Rose is eager for his side to bounce back from a “frustrating” defeat in Saturday’s ten-goal thriller.
“We’ve got the chance to put that right against Buxton tonight and we’re chomping at the bit,” he said.
“There were some poor individual performances on Saturday but hopefully they were a one-off and it was a freak result. The lads are all honest enough to hold their hands up after a defeat like that and they’re all desperate to put it right tonight.
“Going forward I thought we were very good and I didn’t think we did too much wrong on Saturday, they were just bad individual errors that hopefully won’t happen again.
“I’m looking at the positives in that we scored four goals away from home and I thought we played some good football. Hopefully we can show that again tonight but tighten up at the back.”
The Blues needed a stoppage-time equaliser to take a point from last season’s home match against Buxton, which finished 3-3, but Rose says he would gladly take a 1-0 victory to get off the mark tonight.
The Blues boss will keep faith with goalkeeper Tom Woodhead and says striker Gavin Allott and midfielder Jimmy Ghaichem both came through Saturday’s opener unscathed and should be fit to feature again at Westfield Lane tonight.
“Jimmy had a good blast, he was out there for most of the match,” said the Blues boss.
“Gav picked up a bit of a knock to his knee but that was nothing major and he should be fine to continue. His groin is fine and that was the major concern.”
Rose also explained why he was part of Frickley’s matchday squad at Stamford on Saturday.
“We made the decision to go with Tom in goal and we just couldn’t afford to bring Jamie [Green] along as a substitute so I put myself down as back-up goalkeeper,” he revealed.
“Jon Hood was going to be back-up but he had a bit of an injury, and although goalkeeper is not my position I have actually played there before so thought it was better than having nobody there.”
Buxton opened their campaign with a 3-1 home win over Witton Albion on Saturday and will make the trip to South Elmsall in confident mood.