Blues target first win against Matlock Town

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FRICKLEY Athletic boss Karl Rose hopes his side can build on the positives from Saturday’s season opener at Hednesford Town ahead of tonight’s home clash with Matlock Town (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Blues slipped to a 3-2 defeat against Town on Saturday but Rose was able to take plenty from his side’s performance at Keys Park.

Tonight’s match at Westfield Lane is Frickley’s first home match of the season and Rose is targeting his side’s first three points of the campaign.

“We made three daft individual errors for the goals on Saturday but we can take a lot of positives from our performance,” said the Blues boss.

“We were away from home against a side tipped to win this league this season and we more than held our own and could have nicked a point late on.

“We could have rolled over and conceded four or five when we went 3-1 down but we didn’t, we kept battling, got the ball and were the better team for the last 20 minutes.”

Matlock come in to the game on the back of a 5-0 home defeat against Nantwich Town in their season opener on Saturday.

And Rose is hoping his side can inflict more woe on the Derbyshire club and bag their first points of the season tonight.

“Hopefully we can do our bit now, it’s our first home game,” he commented.

“I’ve said before that we need to make our home ground a fortress and we need to start that tonight.”

Frickley will give a late fitness test to striker Gavin Allott, who missed Saturday’s game through a hamstring injury.

The former Guiseley man was in freescoring form in the close season and his return will be a major boost for the Blues.

See this week’s Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express for report.