Rinkcavage: Blues should have no fear ahead of tough triple-header

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FRICKLEY Athletic manager Peter Rinkcavage believes his in-form men should hold no fear ahead of three tough-looking fixtures in the league and FA Cup.

The Blues, who are on a run of six games without defeat in all competitions, travel to high-flying Hednesford Town on Saturday before hosting FC United of Manchester on Tuesday night and visiting Gainsborough Trinity in the FA Cup third qualifying round the following weekend.

The South Elmsall side are likely to be underdogs in the three encounters but the Blues boss insists his men are capable of getting positive results in all three.

“If you can’t look forward to playing in these types of games then you’re in the wrong sport,” said Rinkcavage.

“They’re probably three of the hardest games we could have wished for at this stage of the season.

“But we’re playing well and are six games unbeaten so we know we can go up against these teams and get a positive result.”

The triple-header starts with a trip to fourth-placed Hednesford this weekend.

Town have won four and drawn two of their six home matches so far this season.

And the Frickley manager may well look to make some changes to his starting eleven, despite being delighted with how his side performed in the 2-1 win at Harrogate Town on Tuesday night.

“I might look to change things around and freshen things up a bit,” he said.

“I’ve given the lads a couple of days off because they worked their socks off at Harrogate. A few of them are carrying knocks and bumps so it will give them time to recover.

“The squad is likely to be similar to that from Tuesday night but I might make a couple of changes here and there to the starting eleven.”

Frickley will be without striker Peter Knox for the next two games while Alex Callery and Michael Simpkins will be sidelined through injury this weekend.

Callery made a return to the starting eleven against Harrogate on Saturday but lasted just 14 minutes.

“Alex is back to square one on the injury front,” said Rinkcavage.

“He’s likely to be out for two to three weeks and we won’t be rushing him back next time.”

Simpkins is closer to returning to action but won’t make Saturday’s trip to Keys Park Road.

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