After keeping their winning run going in the Emirates FA Cup last weekend Frickley Athletic are now aiming to make more progress in the Evo-Stik Premier League when back at home this Saturday.
Karl Rose’s men have risen to the heights of fifth place and can go even higher if they can see off Halesowen Town at the SW Jackson Utilities Stadium (kick-off 3pm).
The buoyant Blues can make it eight games unbeaten and four wins on the spin if they can overcome a Halesowen team that goes into the game down in 18th place with three wins and five defeats so far.
Frickley have an identical home and away record in the league so far with two wins, one draw and a defeat in each of their four matches on home soil and on their travels. But their results have already shown a great turn round after defeats in the opening two league games.
Solid defence has been at the heart of the good run while the goals have been shared around. Summer signing Zeph Thomas is the leading scorer so far with five, but Royale Johnson and Jacob Hazel are also looking a threat up front as they showed when they scored the goals that saw off Maltby Main 2-0 in the FA Cup last weekend.
Both will be aiming to maintain their form in the next week when the Blues are also away to Rushall Olympic next Tuesday (kick-off 7.30pm), who have in their ranks seven-goal forward Luke Benbow and are only three points behind Rose’s men.
Frickley are delighted to have secured impressive Polish international goalkeeper Sebastian Malkowski on a new contract.
The 28-year-old stopper joined Frickley in the summer after previously playing for Polish sides Zawisza and Lechia Gdansk and has now signed a contract with the club following some good performances for the Blues in the early weeks of the season.
Malkowski has made one international appearance, against Lithuania in March 2011, and his contribution to Frickley’s best start to a campaign for some time prompted manager Rose to offer a contract, which Malkowski accepted.
Rose said: “Seb has been excellent in the short space of time he has been with us and we need to protect the side that we are now building so it made sense to secure him on contract.
“He’s vastly experienced at a high level in Poland so this can only help us as we look to improve this season.”