OWAIN Warlow’s late first-half leveller for Worksop Town “killed” Frickley Athletic’s chances of winning the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup at Hillsborough last night, according to Blues boss Peter Rinkcavage.
The South Elmsall side twice led in the first half through goals from Bradley Grayson and Cecil Nyoni, the latter seemingly sending Frickley into half-time with a 2-1 lead.
But Warlow’s stunning 25-yard strike on the stroke of half-time gave Worksop the momentum and Jamie Jackson’s strike straight after the interval, his second of the match, was enough to give the Tigers victory.
Rinkcavage, who was in charge of the Blues for the final time, was full of praise for his side’s first-half performance but believes Warlow’s late first-half leveller was the turning point.
“I thought we played really well first half and it was important that we went in front,” he conceded.
He continued: “Once we scored a second we had to go in at half-time winning, if we’d have gone in winning I think we might have gone on and took it. The goal at half-time killed us a bit and then they scored straight after half-time and it was uphill from there.
“We huffed and puffed and just lost a bit of our quality because I thought we passed it really well in the first half. They’re a good side going forward, they have good strikers and good wingers. It’s a big pitch and once we were down and had to push on we knew it’d open up a little bit. We knew if the game was open we’d be in a bit of trouble because they’ve got a bit more flair and pace about them.”
Rinkcavage also felt his side should have been awarded a penalty at 1-1 when Danny South was pushed inside the box.
But he was proud of the efforts of his players, not just in the cup final but throughout the season, and hopes they get credit for their positive attitude this season after the whole squad was hit with a wage cut halfway through the season.
He said: “I can’t fault any of our players, I think they’re a great set of lads. Hopefully if we get this reprieve people around the club might start appreciating what these lads have done because I don’t think they’ve had the credit they deserve, they’ve been fantastic.
“Every other club you see these players walk away [after a wage cut] and the club’s doomed. These have stayed and they’ve done ever-so well. Tonight you can’t fault the effort, we’ve lacked a bit of quality in the final third all season, that’s why we’ve ended up where we are.”
Rinkcavage also said after the match that he’s looking to take a break from management and would make no further comment on his departure from Westfield Lane.
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