FRICKLEY Athletic boss Peter Rinkcavage hopes his side’s progression to the Sheffield and Hallam Senior Cup final has a knock-on effect on the Blues’ league form.
The South Elmsall side booked their place at the Hillsborough final thanks to a last-gasp 1-0 victory over in-form Sheffield FC at the Tech5 Stadium on Tuesday night.
The result will give the South Elmsall side a boost following four consecutive defeats which saw them drop into the Evo-Stik Premier Division relegation zone and bow out of the Doodson Sport Cup at the last-four stage.
And Rinkcavage is hoping his side can build on Tuesday’s impressive showing to make sure Frickley don’t go into the cup final as a relegated side.
“Hopefully the boost of winning will be the catalyst we need in the league,” he said.
“We need to get back to winning ways and the next two matches are huge for us.”
The Blues had a free weekend and other results largely went their way, although they still sit 21st and four points adrift of safety.
Their Easter weekend double-header sees them travel to Nantwich Town on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) before welcoming Rinkcavage’s former club Worksop Town at the Tech5 Stadium on Easter Monday (kick-off 3pm).
Both sides have little to play for but pride this season but the Blues boss is anticipating nothing less than two tough contests.
“We’re under no illusions that they’re not going to be tough matches,” he revealed.
“Every side in this division is a good side and Nantwich and Worksop will be no different.
“They’re huge games for us, there’s no doubt about that, but hopefully we can get something to show from both and it’ll get us right back in the mix.”
Frickley will be without attacker Craig Nelthorpe, who sits out the first of a three-match suspension.
But Cecil Nyoni, who was ineligible to feature in the midweek cup clash due to late registration, will be available for selection again.
Frickley’s Sheffield and Hallam Senior Cup final clash is scheduled to take place at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium on Tuesday, May 8 (kick-off 7pm).
They’ll face either Penistone Church or Worksop Town, who are set to play in the other semi-final later this month.
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