Frickley Athletic look to take good form into FA Cup clash with Marske

CUP TEST: Karl Rose, Frickley manager.
CUP TEST: Karl Rose, Frickley manager.

Frickley Athletic will look to take their good form into Saturday’s FA Cup Second Qualifying Round clash against Marske United (kick-off 3pm).

The Blues are unbeaten in three matches, stretching back to a thumping 4-1 win over Sheffield FC in the last round of the famous competition, and more of the same will be the order of the day at Westfield Lane against their Northern League opponents.

Blues boss Karl Rose will be keen for continued progress on the pitch but the FA Cup also brings the off-the-field benefits of prize money and more revenue through gate receipts.

The Evo-Stik Premier Division side will be favourites to progress on paper, especially with home advantage, but Northern League clubs traditionally provide tough opposition in the early rounds.

And Marske, based near Redcar, could not be coming into the clash in much better shape.

United have won all but one of their matches in all competitions this season, having won five and drawn one of their league matches and securing progression in both the FA Cup and FA Vase.

Their good form will leave them in confident mood for the trip to South Elmsall and the Blues will need to be especially wary of John Alexander, who has scored eight goals already this season, with five of them coming in cup competitions.

Frickley will also be buoyed by their recent form with a three-match unbeaten run culminating in a second clean sheet of the season at Matlock Town on Saturday.

A performance similar to the one that produced a 4-1 win over Sheffield in the last round would serve Frickley well.

The Blues follow their cup match with a trip to Ashton United next Wednesday (kick-off 7.45pm) unless a replay is required.