MANAGER Karl Rose believes his Frickley Athletic charges will be a better side for their early-season struggles.
The Blues have shown great strides of improvement with three wins from their last four matches after going without a victory in their first six matches of the campaign.
Progression in the FA Cup at Worksop Town kick-started the Blues’ current good form and a first league win, against Ilkeston last week, and a ‘shock’ win in the FA Cup at Chorley on Saturday has eased nerves around Westfield Lane.
There’s still work to do for Rose and his men but the Blues boss is hopeful his side can continue to build on their recent good results.
“A lot of learning has been done by the players over the last few weeks,” he said.
“Even when we weren’t getting the results in the early part of the season we were still playing well for the most part and the last piece of the jigsaw was getting that first win.
“Hopefully that will give the lads more belief and we can use these wins to lay the foundations for the rest of the season.”
Frickley’s latest triumph came at Chorley in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round at the weekend.
It saw Frickley progress to a date at either West Auckland Town or Harrogate Town in the next round, to be played on Saturday, October 6, and also pocket a welcome £4,500 in prize money.
“When money is tight it’s important to do well in these competitions and we have so far,” said Rose.
“We’ve got a tough game in the next round, and the draw hasn’t been kind to us with all the matches being away from home.
“But we’ll go there and give as good as we did at the weekend.
“People said we’d be knocked out against Worksop and then they said the same at Chorley so hopefully we can prove them wrong again.”
The Blues jump from one FA knock-out competition to another on Saturday when they host North Ferriby in the FA Trophy First Qualifying Round (kick-off 3pm).
It gives the South Elmsall side a chance to maintain their current good form and also gain some revenge for suffering a heavy 4-0 loss against United at Grange Lane in the Premier Division last month.
“It’s a chance for the lads to show just how far they’ve come because we took a bit of a beating there earlier this season,” Rose said.
“They were a bit hurt after that match but we’ve got to keep going on the form we’re on and hopefully we can continue our good form.”
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