Rose confident Frickley Athletic strikers can plug gap left by injured top-scorer Allott

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Frickley Athletic boss Karl Rose says his side should have no problems finding the back of the net despite the absence of top-scorer Gavin Allott.

The former Goole and Guiseley striker has been missing for the last few matches with a groin injury and the Blues have failed to hit the back of the net in their last two matches.

Frickley are preparing for Saturday’s visit of Buxton to Westfield Lane (kick-off 3pm) without Allott in their starting line-up but that does not concern Rose, who believes he has plenty of firepower to bag a crucial three points against the promotion-chasing Bucks.

“Any team is going to miss the goals Gav Allott brings but we have sufficient strikers to get the goals we need,” said Rose.

“We missed chances on Saturday against Grantham but in Luke Hinsley, Chris Wood and Jake Picton we have players with a good goal ratio.

“We’ve had players dipping in with goals from elsewhere, too, through the season and we need them to continue doing that.”

Rose has not completely ruled Allott out from this weekend’s match but he is expected to miss out, and could also miss next Tuesday’s Sheffield Senior Cup clash against Athlersley Recreation in South Elmsall (kick-off 7.45pm).

Frickley may not have found the net against Grantham but Rose could at least take heart from a first clean sheet in 16 matches.

“Callum Howe and Gavin Clayton were outstanding, and the full-backs played well as well,” he said.

“It gives us something to build on now for the rest of the season, hopefully we’ll be harder to beat.”

Tom Woodhead returned in goal for the Blues and Rose is expected to stick with the returning stopper, as well as the back four, this weekend.

Matty Bloor will be sidelined through suspension, however, and defender David Buck could be out for up to a month with a knee injury.