Rose: Frickley Athletic well prepared for bank holiday double-header

Frickley Athletic (blue) v Matlock Town (orange). Frickley's first home game of the new Evo-Stik Premier League season. Frickley's coach, Karl Rose. (H534M234)
Frickley Athletic (blue) v Matlock Town (orange). Frickley's first home game of the new Evo-Stik Premier League season. Frickley's coach, Karl Rose. (H534M234)
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FRICKLEY Athletic manager Karl Rose believes his squad have what it takes to contend with two tough games in three days and pick up their first league points of the season.

The bank holiday weekend sees the Blues host Marine at Westfield Lane on Saturday before making the trip to North Ferriby United on Monday (both kick-off at 3pm).

Rose’s men failed to bloom in their opening two matches, falling to two slender defeats, and the Blues boss is hoping the quickfire double-header will see Frickley put their first points on the board.

“The lads blitzed it in pre-season so I don’t think two games in three days is going to be a problem for them, especially at this stage of the season,” he said.

“The games against Marine and North Ferriby are important, the results in both could soon see you up the league table, or down it if things don’t go your way.”

Saturday’s opponents Marine have already got three points to their name thanks to a 2-0 opening-day win over Eastwood Town.

They visited Buxton on Wednesday night.

“Marine are a team who are very experienced at this level,” said Rose.

“It’s good that we’re at home, I’ve said before that we need to make our home ground a fortress and it’d be nice to get three points in front of our home supporters.”

There are doubts over the fitness of striker Gavin Allott ahead of the double-header.

The former Guiseley man returned from a hamstring injury in Frickley’s 2-1 home loss against Matlock Town on Tuesday night but lasted just 14 minutes before being replaced.

The Blues will also be without Kelvin Bleau, who’s completed his move to Blue Square North side Stalybridge Celtic.

Frickley chairman Gareth Dando said Bleau was to be a key part of Frickley’s team but the player wanted the opportunity to play at a higher level.

“We’ve made it clear to Kelvin over the past few weeks that we wanted to keep him at the club and play a major role this season,” he said.

“However, he wanted the opportunity to play full time at a higher level and so we’ve agreed a deal with Stalybridge and Kelvin goes with our best wishes.”

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