Rinkcavage confident Blues will get relegation reprieve

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FRICKLEY Athletic face an anxious wait to find out whether they’ll be reprieved from Evo-Stik Premier Division relegation.

The FA’s League Committee will meet in mid-May to determine the constitution of all leagues, with the Blues’ uncertain future on the agenda.

The South Elmsall club finished the season in the final relegation place, despite victory over Stafford Rangers on Saturday.

But the decision to relegate Northwich Victoria one step due to breaking league rules means the Tech5 Stadium club could be saved from the drop next month.

And Blues boss Peter Rinkcavage believes the decision is a no-brainer.

“For me four teams have already been relegated [including Northwich] so we should be reprieved,” he said.

“We couldn’t take our league status for granted going into Saturday’s game, but I think most teams had known for a few weeks the bottom three would probably be going down owing to Northwich’s situation.”

It means Frickley’s 4-3 win over Stafford could prove crucial in seeing them climb above Chasetown, who could only manage a 4-4 draw at bottom club Burscough, and out of the bottom three.

The decision will come after Frickley’s Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup Final clash with Worksop Town at Hillsborough.

The game takes place on Tuesday, May 8 (kick-off 7pm) against Rinkcavage’s former side and he’s confident his side will be fully focused on trying to finish the season by lifting some silverware.

“That’s the plan,” Rinkcavage said to potentially finishing the season with a trophy.

“We’ll carry on training as normal and the lads are all ready for what will be a tough game.

“We’ve only lost one of our last six so we’ll go into it in decent form. I think it’s 3-3 between the sides on aggregate this season so it’ll be a tight one, I hope people get there to support us.”

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