KARL ROSE is calling on his Frickley Athletic charges to cut out the defensive naivety ahead of a home double-header for the Blues in the Evo-Stik League.
Rose’s side have yet to taste league victory in five games so far this term, with the South Elmsall side’s start to the campaign in danger of mirroring that of 12 months ago when they won just once in their first eight Evo-Stik Premier matches.
Rose sees no cause for overdue alarm, having been happy with the manner of their performances, by and large, so far this term.
But he admits his much-changed side – who went down at the death at Nantwich in a 3-2 loss after goals from Gavin Allott and Macauley Parkinson had drawn them level twice – need to toughen up and get a bit more streetwise.
Rose, whose side welcome Matlock Town this evening and entertain Skelmersdale United on Saturday, said: “We have brought in a lot of new bodies and it is vital we get that first win as soon as possible for confidence and belief.
“It is difficult when you are trying to gel a brand new side together. But we are trying to play good football and there’s a lot of positives and the lads are working their socks off and there’s a good team spirit.
“We have put on some very good performances and been close in every match. We lost to King’s Lynn, who are a good side, by the odd goal and then in the last minute the other day.
“We just have to work a little bit harder and keep believing a little bit more.
“We have just shown a little bit of naïvety and individual mistakes are killing us. But the good thing is we are scoring goals.
“Defensively, it is not as if we are being ripped to shreds. It is just individual errors.”
Rose, who is without Jack Wakefield and captain Matty Young tonight, added: “We have got a couple of home games now and it’s vital we get that first win on the board as soon as possible. Performances have been great and we have just got to get results now.
“At this early stage, you are not too far off the pace and a couple of good wins and you are back in the pack. But it is crucial we get that sooner rather than later.
“We also need to be a little bit more ruthless in how to win a football match.
“It is difficult because of the budget restrictions and at the end of the season, there were big changes. But everyone is very positive.”
Elsewhere, Goole host Runcorn Town in an FA Cup preliminary round replay - for the right to host Witton in the first qualifying round on September 13.
The pick of the local sides definitely scheduled for that day sees Farsley welcome Frickley, while Ossett Albion have home advantage against Droylsden.
Neighbours Ossett Town visit Marine, with Brighouse Town having a home draw against Ashton.
The game across the Pennines ended 1-1 on Saturday, with Ben Turner finding the net for the Vikings.
On the mark for Runcorn was Andrew Potter who struck with a penalty.