Frickley Athletic: Safety first but Blues still have plenty to play for

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Frickley Athletic boss Karl Rose has promised that his side will not rest on their laurels after all-but securing their Evo-Stik Premier Division safety.

A crucial 1-0 win at Eastwood Town on Tuesday night saw the Blues move 16 points clear of the relegation zone with just eight games to play.

The win has left Rose calling on his men to continue their unbeaten run, which stands at six matches, and try to secure a mid-table finish.

The Blues boss has also issued a warning that players are playing for their futures at Westfield Lane as he turns one eye towards next season.

“We know we’re pretty much safe now,” said Rose.

“Teams below us have to pick up 16 points from the remaining games and they’ve only collected 21 all season.

“But I won’t be allowing my players to rest on their laurels.

“At the start of the season I said a mid-table finish and a cup final would be a good season and we’re capable of achieving that now.

“Players are also playing for their shirts and their places at the club next season.

“I’ve already started looking at where I want to improve the squad next season so these remaining games will be important for the players.”

The Blues host old foes Worksop Town at Westfield Lane on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) - the fifth time the sides will have met this season.

It is two apiece in terms of wins and Rose is expecting nothing other than a fierce contest.

“They’ll be scrapping for their lives to get into the play-offs so we know it won’t be easy,” he said.

Rose is hoping top-scorer Gavin Allott will return from an ankle injury, while Matty Bloor is in contention after missing the Eastwood match with a hamstring injury.