Frickley Athletic out to use FA Cup win at Worksop as ‘springboard’

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MANAGER Karl Rose is looking for Frickley Athletic’s FA Cup win over Worksop Town to act as a “springboard” for improved fortunes in the Evo-Stik Premier League.

The 2-0 win at Sandy Lane was the Blues’ first competitive victory under Rose and the Frickley boss hopes it will kick-start an improved run of results to shoot them up the table.

“We’ve been showing some green shoots of recovery and now we need to use that result as a springboard,” he said.

“Hopefully the result [against Worksop] will breed confidence in the players. We know we have the quality in the squad to get the right results and now we’ve got that first win in the bag the lads themselves know they can do it.

“The fixture list hasn’t been kind to us in these opening weeks of the season but hopefully now we can get a few results together than will boot us up the league.”

Frickley’s first chance to move up the league ladder will come on Saturday when they travel to second-placed Rushall Olympic (kick-off 3pm).

“We’re looking forward to it but it’s going to be tough,” said Rose.

“They’ve made a good start to the season and their budget is probably double or even treble what ours is.

“They’re a big and strong group of players but we’ve got enough in our locker to get a good result there.”

Matty Bloor and Jason Yates are unavailable for Frickley but Rose hopes to have a new defender in place for the weekend.

“Hopefully we can get a new centre-half in time for the weekend and we’re looking at adding a striker too,” he revealed.

“If it doesn’t happen in time for Saturday then it should definitely have been completed for Tuesday [against Ilkeston Town].”

Rose has been looking at the striker in question for some time but an injury has meant the Blues have had to “bide their time”.

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