PETER Rinkcavage will be hoping a return to former club Worksop Town will bring his Blues side some festive cheer and end a frustrating run of picking up just a point from Frickley’s last five matches.
The South Elmsall side has slipped down the table in recent weeks and the Blues travel to face the Tigers on Boxing Day (kick-off 3pm) looking to arrest an alarming run of form.
Rinkcavage, who arrived at the Tech5 Stadium from Worksop, could only look on as his goal-shy side continued to play well but failed to take their chances in a 2-0 defeat at Stafford Rangers on Saturday.
It’s been the same old story for Athletic in recent weeks but the Blues boss is calling on his troops to add that “one vital ingredient” of finishing off chances - starting at Worksop on Monday.
“If we can start taking chances then we have a team on our hands here,” said the Blues boss.
“I know everyone loves to paint Frickley as a long ball team but my teams have never played like that and some of the football we have played recently is the best I have managed.
“We are missing one vital ingredient and apart from that I am happy with all aspects of the team.”
More missed chances against the Tigers are likely to cost the Blues - Worksop have gone from stuttering out of the blocks at the start of the season to being one of the form teams in the Evo-Stik Premier Division at the moment.
They’ve won five of their last six games in all competitions and confidence will be high in the Town camp going into the Boxing Day game.
Former Blues player Ashley Burbeary is playing well for the Tigers and Rinkcavage will only be too aware of the creative threat he’ll pose.
The Blues boss will focus on the positive performances, in everything but the finish, of his men ahead of the game.
And although Frickley have slipped further towards the relegation zone than the play-offs in recent weeks, the South Elmsall side, 17th in the league table, can take heart from the fact that they’re only five points off eighth such is the tight-knit nature of the mid-table clubs ion the Premier Division.
Rinkcavage will no doubt get a warm reception from the Worksop supporters when he returns to Babbage Way on Monday.
But he’ll be hoping he can leave them with a glum face and give Blues fans some festive cheer come 4.45pm.
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