OSSETT Town boss Phil Sharpe insists “everything is set-up” for an enthralling game against his former club Frickley Athletic at Stade France on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
Both sides sit in the Evo-Stik Premier Division relegation zone and will view the game as the proverbial ‘six-pointer’ in the battle against the drop.
Extra spice will also be added to the mix with Sharpe’s links to the South Elmsall club, who sit two points above Town going into the game.
“I spent two years at Frickley and it’s also a bit of a local derby so everything is set-up on Saturday,” he said.
“They’ve slipped down the table recently and we’ve had some bad results of late so we’ll both be going for the win.”
Town enjoyed a morale-boosting 4-1 victory at Worksop Town last weekend and followed it up with an impressive peformance by a 5-4 defeat in a thrilling clash at Kendal Town on Tuesday night.
Their improved form has been helped by three new additions.
Striker Shane Kelsey has arrived from Ossett Albion, while Sharpe has added Bradford Park Avenue’s Daniel Facey and Rotherham United midfielder Grant Darley, on loan, to his squad.
And Sharpe is confident his men can bag a crucial three points against their relegation foes if they perform as well as they have in their last two outings.
“If we perform to the standards that we did at Worksop last weekend then we’ll have a great chance of winning (on Saturday),” said Sharpe.
“I’m sure they’ll be thinking the same too so it’s going to be a very interesting game.”
He added: “I’ll make sure the lads are up for it.
“It was annoying that we had to travel all the way to Kendal in midweek, the league could have been kinder to us with the fixtures.
“Ideally we could have had another training session in midweek to prepare (for Saturday) but we’ll go into the game in good spirits.”
Sharpe has targeted at least six more wins for survival this term, and he’ll be hoping the first comes this weekend.
Wakefield FC travel to Clitheroe in Division 1 North on Saturday.
The in-form Bears have seen their last two matches called off and will be keen for a return to action to continue their good form since the turn of the year.
Ossett Albion travel to Bamber Bridge looking to avenge a 6-2 defeat on home soil only last month.
Eric Gilchrist’s men need to pick up vital points in the battle against relegation and will need an improvement from Tuesday night’s 5-2 home defeat against AFC Fylde.
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