FRICKLEY Athletic face a potentially pivotal four days of football in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
The Blues travel to local rivals and fellow strugglers Ossett Town on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) before playing host to FC United of Manchester on Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm).
Peter Rinkcavage’s men sit third-from-bottom in the table and, although having games in hand on some of the teams around them, will hope to find themselves further away from relegation trouble after the vital double header.
Town, managed by former Blues boss Phil Sharpe, sit just two points behind Frickley going into the crucial meeting at Ossett’s Stade France ground this weekend.
Three points for either side come 4.45pm on Saturday will come as a big confidence boost in the battle against the drop.
Victory for the Blues could see them move as high as 17th if other results go their way.
But although Frickley will be slight favourites going into the tie, Town have enjoyed an upturn in form in the last week.
Sharpe’s troops caused a big upset on Saturday when they defeated promotion-chasing Worksop Town 4-1 away.
And they came close to matching that success on Tuesday night before slipping to defeat in an entertaining 5-4 loss at Kendal Town.
The Blues will go into the game on the back of a 0-0 stalemate against Whitby Town at the Tech5 Stadium on Tuesday night.
Defender Mark Hotte, who arrived at Frickley last week alongside Lewis Nightingale from Ossett Town, is set to feature against his former club.
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