FRICKLEY Athletic manager Peter Rinkcavage admits it’s “all hands to the pump” as the Blues look to end a six-game losing streak against Chorley at the Tech5 Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
The South Elmsall side are in freefall towards the Evo-Stik Premier Division relegation places - something not helped by recent cuts to Frickley’s playing budget.
Defeat on Saturday against the high-flying Lancashire club could see the Blues slip worryingly into the bottom four should other results also conspire against them.
And Rinkcavage has called on Blues players and supporters to pull together in a bid to keep the club in the Premier Division - starting with Saturday’s game at Westfield Lane.
“It’s all hands to the pump now to try and keep the club out of the bottom four,” said a determined Blues boss.
“The players need to stand up and be counted. We needed a reaction at Matlock and we didn’t get the right one, now we need the players to really step up.
“We’ve shown we can do it this season and it’s a matter of confidence.
“We just need something to turn the tide even if it’s a last minute goal.”
He continued: “I can understand the supporters being disappointed with recent results and also with the need to cut the playing budget, but we need them to turn up and support the lads.
“We don’t need negativity around the place at the moment.”
Blues fans could see new signings in before the weekend, with Rinkcavage admitting he has “a couple of irons in the fire” as he looks to freshen up his confidence-sapped side.
“The budget cut will make things hard but we have scope to bring in new players,” he said.
“It’s one in and one out but we need to bring some new faces in.”
Rinkcavage has met with all of his squad following the news of the cut to the playing budget and admits the response has been “good on the face of it.”
Alex Callery is the only player to have his contract cancelled by mutual consent so far, but the Blues boss expects “a couple more” to follow suit sooner rather than later.
Frickley will be without Mark Gray for Saturday’s clash with Chorley with the defender serving the final game of his suspension.
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