FRICKLEY Athletic have the chance to haul themselves out of the Evo-Stik Premier Division relegation zone with home games against the division’s bottom two sides in the space of four days.
The Blues welcome Ossett Town to the Tech5 Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) before basement side Retford United are the visitors on Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm).
The South Elmsall club will aim for six points from the two matches and could be out of the bottom four if successful, and if other results go their way.
The double-header of matches are Frickley’s most important of the season so far.
But boss Peter Rinkcavage insists his side will have to be at the top of their game if they’re to pick up vital victories.
“We’re going in to win both matches but it’s also important that we don’t lose,” he said.
“We played Ossett only last week and although we won and deserved to win it was a real battle and they pushed us all the way so it won’t be easy.
“Retford are struggling but I’ve watched them a few times this season and they’re going to get a result sooner rather than later and we just need to make sure that it’s not us.
“They’ll be fighting for their lives, as will Ossett, so they’re not going to be easy for us.”
The matches are two of four home games on the spin for the South Elmsall club.
And Rinkcavage is hoping the Frickley faithful at the Tech5 Stadium can get behind the team to help inspire them.
“We need the supporters with us at this time,” he said.
“It’s important that we rally round and stick together and if we do we should be able to get out of trouble.”
Rinkcavage is set to include new signing Ryan Hindley in the squad for both games.
He’s also been in talks with a striker to help bolster his attacking options this week.
“We’re still looking to strengthen and I’m in talks with a striker at the moment but it’s unlikely that anything will be agreed for this weekend,” the Blues boss revealed.
“It’s difficult to get players in but we’re always looking and hopefully we can get something done soon.”
Rinkcavage has cleared up the situation with Danny Clarke, revealing that he can play for the Blues if available but that his work in starting up his own business has meant he’s struggled to be available for selection.
See this week’s Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express for all the latest sports news from around the district.