THREE games - that’s what Frickley Athletic have left to save their Evo-Stik Premier Division season.
The Blues sit two points adrift of safety going into Saturday’s tough trip to promotion-chasing Bradford Park Avenue (kick-off 3pm) and follow that with a visit to Rushall Olympic, on Tuesday night, and a final-day home clash against Stafford Rangers.
Whitby Town and Stocksbridge Park Steels are the sides Frickley are chasing to avoid relegation.
Four points from their two Easter matches will boost the Blues and boss Peter Rinkcavage is hoping that form continues in their final three crucial matches of the campaign.
“I think six or seven points might be enough for us [to survive] but we’ll be going into each game looking for maximum points,” he said.
“We’ve got ourselves back in it thanks to our performances over Easter and the results have given us a big boost.”
A trip to the Horsfall Stadium to take on Park Avenue will be a daunting prospect for Frickley this weekend.
The big-spending Bradford club are looking for promotion via the play-offs this season and will be big favourites to bag three points against Rinkcavage’s men.
“They’re a club that’s been established at the top end of this division for the last few seasons so it’s going to be tough for us,” said the Blues boss.
“But we can go there and try and play the football we’ve been playing in the last few games. If we can take our chances like we did on Monday then anything’s possible.”
Defender Lincoln Adams is the only doubt for the game with a hamstring problem.
He’ll be given until the last minute to prove his fitness but Rinkcavage has no other injury concerns.
The Blues boss has, however, revealed that attacker Craig Nelthorpe has been released from the Tech5 Stadium.
Nelthorpe, who’d only been at the club a matter of weeks, had been serving a three-match suspension.
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