Blues can take big steps to survival with Mickleover win

Frickley v Hednesford. Peter Rincavage
Frickley v Hednesford. Peter Rincavage
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FRICKLEY Athletic will look to take a big step to retaining their Evo-Stik Premier Division status on Saturday when they welcome Mickleover Sports to the Tech5 Stadium (kick-off 3pm).

The Blues sit six points above the last relegation spot, occupied by Mickleover, and could put some space between them and the bottom four with maximum points against Saturday’s visitors.

Three points would see Peter Rinkcavage’s men take a big step towards safety this season - the Blues boss set a target of ten more points top avoid the drop last week.

“It’s a big game for us,” said the Blues boss.

“If we win it’s going to be a big thing for us but if we don’t it’s not the end of the world.

“But we’ll be preparing to go into the game and get the win and we’ve only lost once in nine games so there’s no reason why we can’t do that.”

Champions-elect Chester FC ended Frickley’s seven-game unbeaten run at the weekend but the Blues got back to winning ways with a 2-0 Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup triumph over divisional rivals Stocksbridge Park Steels on Tuesday night.

Rinkcavage will hope the victory, that puts Frickley in their second cup semi-final of the season - they’ve also reached the Doodson Sport Cup semi-final and will visit Rushall Olympic later this month - will spark their next run of impressive results as they look to secure safety sooner rather than later.

Frickley have no fresh injury concerns for Saturday’s match.

Grant Darley made a welcome return to action from injury against Stocksbridge and he came through unscathed, meaning Rinkcavage could opt to name the same starting eleven.

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