Blues boss won’t push panic button

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FRICKLEY Athletic face another crucial match in the battle to avoid relegation from the Evo-Stik Premier Division when they travel to Buxton on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The Blues were left looking over their shoulder at the bottom-four spots last weekend after slipping to a 2-1 home defeat against relegation rivals Mickleover Sports.

The loss leaves them three points above Mickleover, who occupy the final relegation spot, having played a game more.

Peter Rinkcavage’s men have the chance to bounce back on Saturday, however, when they take on another side struggling to retain their Premier Division status in second-from-bottom Buxton.

The Blues will still be in confident mood for the clash - the defeat against Mickleover was only their second in the last ten games.

And Rinkcavage isn’t pressing the panic button on the back of one disappointing defeat.

He said: “It is still in our hands but we know we have to play better than we did on Saturday.

“Apart from Chester, who are a cut above everyone else, it was the first under par performance for a long time so there is no need to panic.

“We have lost two games in the last ten so we know we can get results we just have to continue to believe in ourselves.”

The Bucks sit five points behind the Blues going into the game with three games in hand on the South Elmsall side - making Saturday’s game crucial for both teams.

Rinkcavage is looking to bring in a loan player to boost his squad for the end-of-season run-in but he’s confident his current squad can avoid relegation if the right man doesn’t become available.

“If not we will go forward with the players we have and continue to fight to stay in this division,” he said.

“I knew at the start of the year when we announced the cut that we would have all on but I remain confident we have the ability to get out of trouble.”

The club may put on a supporters’ coach to Tuesday’s Doodson Cup semi-final game at Rushall if there’s sufficient demand.

A number of enquiries have already been made by fans over the possibility of a supporters’ bus for the clash.

Tickets will cost between £10 and £15 per person, depending on the level of demand, and the coach will leave for Rushall at 4.30pm.

Anyone interested should contact Steve Shorthouse on 07545 549191 as soon as possible to register interested.

See this week’s Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express for all the latest sports news from around the area.