IT’S the last chance saloon for Frickley Athletic in their battle for Evo-Stik Premier Division survival this weekend.
The Blues host Stafford Rangers in their final match of the season (kick-off 3pm) and need to win and hope other results go their way to secure a great escape.
Saturday may come too late, however, if Whitby Town won their match at Matlock Town last night, Thursday.
The Blues need both Whitby and Chasetown to slip-up to have a chance of finishing outside the bottom four.
“All we have to do on Saturday is focus on our game and put everything in to it to get three points,” said Blues boss Peter Rinkcavage.
“We need other results to go our way but the only thing in our control is our performance and we just have to win to stand a chance [or staying up].”
Frickley’s status could also be saved by the Evo-Stik League’s decision to terminate Northwich Victoria’s membership at the end of the season for breaking league rules.
Victoria are appealing the decision but if that appeal is unsuccessful it could mean only three sides are relegated.
“If we go on what’s happened before in this situation then it should be three teams relegated,” Rinkcavage said.
“If not then it’ll be the first time it’s happened differently.”
The Blues would still need to finish a place higher than they currently are even if one relegation place was scrapped, but it’d give them a better chance of survival.
It might not come to that, however, if Frickley win, Chasetown fail to match their victory and Whitby only get one point or less from their remaining two matches - both of which are away.
Frickley will be boosted by the return of Ollie Ryan and Dave Cyrus, who’ve both suffered from illness, for Saturday’s game. And Frickley have no fresh injuries or suspensions to contend with.
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