Frickley Athletic out to maintain relegation safety net at Kendal Town

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Frickley Athletic face another ‘six pointer’ against fellow Evo-Stik Premier Division strugglers Kendal Town on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The Blues sit nine points above the Cumbrians, and nine points above the relegation zone, ahead of the long trip and victory would go a long way to helping secure the safety of Karl Rose’s side this season.

The South Elmsall side will travel looking to bring maximum points back with them but Rose says avoiding defeat, and maintaining a nine-point gap from the drop zone, would be a success.

“Nine points is a good gap for us and if we can come away from there with that gap still in tact then it will be job done for us,” said the Blues boss.

“We’ll be going there on the back of a late point in our last away game and we’ll be going there to win the game, but a point would be good with the matches left getting down to single figures.”

Frickley will still be without top-scorer Gavin Allott, who is expected to be sidelined for another few weeks with a groin injury.

Rose bolstered his attacking options before last weekend’s draw against Buxton, however, with the Blues using their links with Scunthorpe United to bring in young striker Jamie Wootton on work experience.

“Jamie did well on his debut and he’ll only get better for us with more games,” said Rose.

“It was a bit of an eye-opener for him to play at this level but he looks good, he looks hungry for goals, and I’m sure he’ll be a good signing for us.”

Frickley saw their Sheffield and Hallamshire Cup quarter-final clash with Athersley Recreation called off due to fog on Tuesday night, meaning Matty Bloor will serve the final game of his suspension this weekend.

David Buck will also miss out as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.