Frickley Athletic hope to have X-Factor in Harrogate Town FA Cup clash

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FRICKLEY Athletic manager Karl Rose says Saturday’s FA Cup Third Qualifying Round clash at Harrogate Town (kick-off 3pm) is his side’s biggest game of the season so far.

The Blues are just two wins away from the First Round Proper, when Football League teams enter the fray, of the world-famous competition.

There’s also £7,500 on offer to the winners of Saturday’s match and the chance for Frickley to bounce back from last weekend’s FA Trophy loss against North Ferriby United.

It all mixes together for a mouth watering match as far as Rose and the South Elmsall club are concerned, and the Blues boss insists his men are more than capable of returning back with their name in the hat for the Fourth Qualifying Round.

“It’s a massive game for the club,” he admitted.

“It’s the biggest game of the season for us as the team and it’s massive for the club financially.

“We’ll dust ourselves down from Saturday and we’ll go there looking to win.

“We can’t go there and look to play for the draw and get them back at our place. The risk in doing that is that the game plan could work for 88 minutes and then they snatch the winner.

“Nobody gave us a chance at Worksop Town or at Chorley and it’ll probably be the same this weekend, but we’ll go there and enjoy it and give it our all.”

The Blues will face Harrogate Town after the Blue Square Bet North side beat West Auckland Town 5-1 at home in the Second Qualifying Round replay on Tuesday night.

Town are mid-table but have yet to win a game at their CNG Stadium in the league.

They’ll be favourites to progress on Saturday but the Blues have already upset the form book in the competition twice this season.

Frickley will have X-Factor star Jake Quickenden available for the first time since he signed for the club.

The 23-year-old, who didn’t make it beyond the judges’ houses stage of the competition, can play on the wing or as a striker and is a friend of Blues’ defender Tom Johnston.

He’s been playing in the Scunthorpe Sunday League and attended Frickley’s FA Trophy game against North Ferriby United on Saturday but was signing autographs instead of playing.

He could be included in Rose’s squad this weekend.

The Blues have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game.

Luke Jeffs’s suspension for his sending-off on Sunday won’t kick-in until the home game against Stafford Rangers on Saturday, October 13.

See this week’s Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express for all the latest sports news from around the district.