KARL Rose will prepare his Frickley Athletic side to face a revenge mission at high-flying Chorley on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
The Blues boss will take his side across the Pennines in good form but wary that their hosts will be looking to make amends for their FA Cup exit at the hands of his men last month.
The South Elmsall side left Chorley with a 3-1 win in the Second Qualifying Round and Rose believes that defeat will be fresh in the Chorley players’ minds.
“They’ll be thinking they can get one over on us after the FA Cup game,” he said.
“We’ll be making sure we’re ready for that. We know they’re a good side anyway and they’re up at the top end of the table.”
He added: “We’ve been there before this season and won so why can’t we do that again?
“That’s what I’ll be telling my players, we’re going there for the win.”
The Blues go into the game having won their last two Evo-Stik Premier Division matches and Rose is keen to get some momentum into their play following their exits from the FA Cup and FA Trophy competitions.
Victory over Stafford Rangers on Saturday lifted Athletic off the bottom of the table but although they have games in hand on their rivals Rose doesn’t think his side are in a false position.
“Like they say, the table never lies,” he said.
“We need to start stringing results together and getting more consistent performances in over 90 minutes.
“Over the last month or so we’ve certainly picked up and we need to keep that form up.”
Frickley will be without full-back Terry Barwick, who serves a one-match suspension.
He’ll join centre-back Luke Jeffs, serving the second of a three-match ban, in the stands but Rose is hopeful of bolstering his defensive options before the weekend.
“I’m looking to bring in at least one new defender and it should be done before Saturday,” he said.
The player in question is a centre-back and Rose says he won’t move Jason Yates back to full-back after recent impressive performances on the wing.
“Jason was man of the match on Saturday in that position and I won’t be changing him around,” he said.
“We’ve made the decision to move him to play out on the wing and slot Terry Barwick in at right-back and it’s worked really well so we won’t be changing Jason’s position.”
Frickley are back on home soil next Tuesday when Eastwood Town visit Westfield Lane (kick-off 7.45pm).
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