Frickley looking for away day improvement

Frickley Athletic manager Karl Rose.
Frickley Athletic manager Karl Rose.

Frickley Athletic were denied a chance to record their first double of the season in the Evo-Stik Premier League when their rescheduled game at Belper Town was postponed.

The match was called off as a big overnight frost made Belper’s pitch unplayable and it was disappointing for the Blues who were looking to make amends for their previous week’s defeat at Curzon Ashton and climb back up the Premier table against the team at the bottom.

Weather permitting, Frickley are back on their travels this Saturday in another six-pointer when they face Rushall Olympic, who are just ahead of them in the league – in 15th place to the Blues’ 17th and three points above them.

The two teams took a point each from their first meeting this season, on the opening day when Athletic drew 1-1 despite having to play the last 40 minutes with 10 men after the dismissal of Luke Hornsey.

Frickley will have forward Reece Thompson available again and Max Leonard, who was cup tied for last week’s Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup quarter-final against Hemsworth MW.

Blues boss Karl Rose will also be able to call on a new signing with left-back James Kay arriving from Sheffield FC.

With Macauley Parkinson likely to be ruled out until the New Year through injury, Rose has opted to bring in an experienced left-back with Kay set for his second spell at Westfield Lane, having played under Pete Rinkcavage.

Frickley have now reached the half-way stage of the league season and stand seven places off the bottom, but still in need of points with fourth from bottom Witton Albion only three behind. They have seven wins so far, but with only one of them on their travels they know they need to improve their away form if they are to improve their position in the second half of the season.

Manager Rose said: “If we had half-decent away form, we would be looking at the play-offs.

“In our last two away performances, we have let 10 goals in. You take on board the debacle that was Harrogate, where we lost 7-1 after resting five lads, but then against Curzon we gave them two goals.

“I think it’s a mindset issue away from home, where we need to stamp our authority on games as we do at our place.

“At Curzon, we spoke about getting intact and had two banks of four and we did that for 25 minutes then the centre-half made a mistake and then we gave a stupid penalty away and were 2-0 down at half-time when there was nothing in the game.

“Mistakes kill you. It is also little things as we lost in the last minute at Nantwich, FC United of Manchester and Skelmersdale. It is about mindset and we have spoken long and hard about it.”