Blues aim for a winning start to tough run-in

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FRICKLEY Athletic will have to win their battle against relegation the hard way as they go into their final six games of the Evo-Stik Premier Division season.

The Blues sit two points adrift of safety following disappointing back-to-back defeats and face a tough run-in as the season reaches its climax.

Starting with Saturday’s home clash with Chasetown (kick-off 3pm), five of the Blues’ six remaining opponents are all gunning for promotion from the Premier Division.

Only Northwich Victoria, who sit 12th ahead of the weekend games, will be playing for pride when they face Peter Rinkcavage’s troops.

The South Elmsall side follow the weekend clash with Chasetown with a tough trip to FC United of Manchester on Wednesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

Games against champions elect FC Halifax Town and play-off hopefuls Marine and North Ferriby United, as well as the clash with Northwich, will follow.

“We’ve got a tough run-in, there’s no doubt about it,” said Rinkcavage.

“Football’s a funny game though, sometimes you don’t know where your next win is coming from and then you can pull a performance and a result out the bag and then bounce into your next game and get a run of results together.”

He continued: “The confidence in the squad is low but we just have to keep going now.”

“We’ve had some good results this season and there’s no reason why we can’t get some more.”

The Blues boss has revealed that some of his players have been playing through the pain barrier in recent weeks.

And it’s showed with a distinct lack of creativity costing the Blues in their last two matches.

“We haven’t been creating chances and that’s because our flair players are all carrying injuries,” Rinkcavage said.

“We’ve got Ashley Burbeary struggling with a hamstring injury and Andy Catton, Dean Jones, Danny Walsh, Mark Whitehouse and Ashley Longstaff haven’t been fully fit.

“We’ve had to include them in games though, we just don’t have the squad to change things around.”

Frickley have also been without striker Brian Cusworth, who serves the last of his four-game suspension against Chasetown on Saturday.

But the Blues added Grant Darley on loan from Rotherham United last week and extended Paul Lister’s loan spell from Alfreton Town until the end of the season.

Young Blues fans aged 16 or under are reminded they can gain free entry into the club’s remaining home fixtures this season.

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