Blues boss plotting another FA Cup upset at Gainsborough

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FRICKLEY Athletic manager Peter Rinkcavage is plotting a “sensible” approach to causing an FA Cup shock at Blue Square Bet North side Gainsborough Trinity in Saturday’s third qualifying round tie.

The Blues are two wins away from a place amongst Football League clubs in the first round proper of the famous old competition but face a tough task in progressing against higher-division opposition.

Trinity will be favourites going into the competition and Rinkcavage insists no pressure will be on his men when they travel to Lincolnshire.

“There’s absolutely no pressure on us at all,” he said.

“We’ve already done quite well in the competition and got a bit of money from our progression so far.

“They’ll be the favourites, they’re one of the form teams in their division, especially at home, so we can go there, enjoy the cup tie and hopefully leave with a win.”

Bringing Trinity back to the Tech5 Stadium for a replay would be seen as a good result for the Blues, but Rinkcavage won’t be playing for the draw as he seeks to bag another cup upset.

“We always go into games to try and win them,” he said.

“We won’t be going for the draw, but we have to be sensible in our play.

“We don’t want to go there and play an open game because we’ll lose, we need to be sensible in our game plan.”

The Blues defeated another Blue Square Bet North side in Harrogate Town in the last round but have fallen to two league defeats since that triumph.

But Frickley can take hope from the fact that Trinity themselves fell to defeat against Harrogate in their last league match at the weekend.

Peter Knox is cup-tied and won’t be available for selection.

But the Blues could receive a boost if Ollie Ryan and Michael Simpkins pass fitness tests on Thursday night ahead of the game.

Alex Callery is still two weeks away from a return to full fitness.

One player who won’t be involved is James Kay, who left the club this week to join Evo-Stik Division 1 South side Sheffield FC in search of more first team football.

The Blues will be backed by a strong following of supporters at Gainsborough this weekend.

The club has put on a free coach for supporters leaving from the Barnsley Oak. To check availability contact Steve Shorthouse on 07545 549191.

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