Rose: Frickley Athletic strike pairing can be one of most lethal in league

IN FORM: Luke Hinsley has made an impressive start to the season alongside strike partner Gavin Allott.
IN FORM: Luke Hinsley has made an impressive start to the season alongside strike partner Gavin Allott.

Frickley Athletic boss Karl Rose believes the Blues could have one of the most lethal strike pairings in the Evo-Stik Premier League this season.

Gavin Allott and Luke Hinsley have formed an impressive partnership in Frickley’s opening four matches of the season, scoring six goals between them.

The pair ripped Rushall Olympic apart last Saturday, with Allott bagging a hat-trick and Hinsley also chipping in with his second of the season.

And Rose is excited at the form the duo are hitting already season, saying the pair could provide one of the most potent attacking threats in the Premier Division.

“Gav has already showed his credentials by getting in the league’s team of the year last season,” he said.

“I know what Luke can do, he did it in spells last season but he needed to find more consistency and hopefully he’s starting to show it this season.

“He’s got to step up and show he can score 20 or 25 goals this season and I believe he can do that.

“If he does and Gav gets the goals we expect of him then they’ll be up there with the best pairings in the league.”

Despite their impressive start, Rose is still looking for more competition for places in the striker department and has also been encouraged by goals coming from elsewhere in the team.

He said: “They get the headlines but we attack as a team and defend as a team and we’ve had goals scored from players all over the park.”

While Frickley are the joint-second top scorers after four games they also have the joint second worst goals against column - an area Rose is looking to address with new signings.

He said: “I’ll take a look at two centre-halves in training on Thursday and hopefully have one signed up for the weekend.”

The potential addition could be thrown straight into Frickley’s home match against Chorley on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The match is the first of back-to-back games at Westfield Lane, with Blyth Spartans the visitors on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).