FRICKLEY Athletic boss Peter Rinkcavage is hoping a bumper crowd at the Shay will help inspire his side to cause an upset against Evo-Stik Division 1 North leaders FC Halifax Town on Saturday.
The Blues are set to play in front of one of, if not the, biggest crowds of their season when they visit the runaway leaders this weekend.
The Shaymen regularly attracts crowds of over 1,500 to their home matches and saw a huge crowd of over 4,000 attend their New Year’s Day match against FC United of Manchester.
And Rinkcavage is hoping the big crowd will help inspire his men rather than hinder them as the Blues aim to bounce back from a disappointing 4-0 loss at North Ferriby United in midweek.
“It’s a game I’m looking forward to,” said the Blues boss.
“We’ll be playing in front of a big crowd there and if the players can’t get up for a game like this then they shouldn’t be involved in football.
“It’s a game that we should look to go out and enjoy, it’s not every day you play in front of crowds like the one at Halifax.”
Town highlighted their promotion credentials on Tuesday night when they thrashed Ossett Town 8-1 at the Shay.
And Neil Aspin’s men will be firm favourites take three more points from Frickley.
But the Blues are one of just two Evo-Stik Premier Division sides to keep the dangerous Halifax attack out this season.
And although the Blues boss wasn’t in charge when Frickley held Halifax to a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture in South Elmsall, he’ll be hoping for more of the same tomorrow.
“Hopefully we’ll be really up for it,” he said.
“We’ll go there and try and keep the ball off them and try to frustrate them.
“If we can do that then who knows what will come of the game and the result, we’ll look to build on it and cause them problems.”
Rinkcavage could include new signing Jack Watts, who signed from Buxton on Tuesday, in his squad.
The striker played for Rinkcavage at Worksop Town earlier this season and has since moved to Buxton, where he’s found first-team chances limited.
“Jack can play as a striker or a winger,” said Rinkcavage.
“He hasn’t been given much of a chance at Buxton so I was only too happy to sign him.
“He could be involved in the squad on Saturday.”
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