Blues boss wary of crisis-hit Northwich Victoria

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FRICKLEY Athletic manager Peter Rinkcavage believes Northwich Victoria’s off-the-field problems will have no bearing on this weekend’s clash with his Blues side.

The Vics, who sit second in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, have this week seen their management team leave following notification that the club must vacate the Victoria Stadium.

The club has announced that a third party has had a bid for the land the ground is situated on accepted.

The double blow could impact on Northwich’s so-far impressive campaign but Rinkcavage believes the high-fliers will be fully focused for their visit to South Elmsall on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

“I think Saturday will come too soon for us to see much of an impact on them,” he said.

“As a club they have some superb professional players on their books. They’re second in the league and in the last eight of the FA Trophy so we’re expecting a really tough test.”

Frickley’s recent stuttering form came to a halt with back-to-back victories in league and cup over the last week.

Victory over high-flying Chorley on Saturday injected the Blues with some much-needed confidence and proved they can mix it with the best teams in the division.

But Rinkcavage admits it’ll take a big performance from his troops to upset the form book for a second week running.

He said: “It’s asking a lot to beat two top teams in a week, but we’re certainly going out there to give our all and we’ll see what happens.”

Frickley will be stretched in attacking options with Ollie Ryan starting a three-match suspension and Danny South away on a ten-day trial with League of Ireland Premier Division side Dundalk FC.

Former Wakefield FC hitman South is expected to be back for Frickley’s trip to Kendal Town on Saturday, January 28.

See this week’s Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express for all the latest sports news from around the area.