Frickley Athletic: Rose warns Blues players to keep performing or risk missing out on a cup final place

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Boss Karl Rose has warned his Frickley Athletic players that they will miss out on a cup final appearance if they fail to perform in the Blues’ final four league games of the season.

The South Elmsall side has all-but secured its Evo-Stik Premier Division status but Rose has told his men not to take their foot off the gas.

Frickley face Sheffield FC in the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup Final at Hillsborough on Thursday, May 9 and the Blues boss says starting places are up for grabs.

“Every position is up for grabs for that cup final,” said Rose.

“I want the players to play so well that they make sure I can’t take the shirt off them.

“They all know I don’t have any favourites and I pick my team on merit.”

The Blues booked their final date at the home of Sheffield Wednesday by seeing off Stocksbridge Park Steels 3-1 at the Look Local Stadium last Thursday.

“We wanted to get to Hillsborough and give the supporters a day out because they’ve backed us well all season,” said Rose.

“But we’re not just going for a day out, we want to go there and win it after getting to the final last season.”

After a weekend with no action Frickley travel to Nantwich Town on Saturday.

It marks the start of a tough end to the campaign which sees the Blues play three away matches from four games, culminating in a trip to face FC United of Manchester.

“They’re tough games but this is what we need at the end of the season,” Rose commented.

“We don’t want to be playing in dead rubber matches, we want to play in games that mean something.”

The Blues follow Saturday’s trip to Nantwich with another away match at AFC Fylde on Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm).

Gavin Allott (groin) and Matty Bloor (hamstring) are both expected to be fit for the weekend.