FRICKLEY Athletic manager Peter Rinkcavage has warned his troops to tighten up their defence ahead of Saturday’s FA Trophy first qualifying round clash at home against FC United of Manchester (kick-off 3pm).
The Blues have fallen to three straight defeats and go into the game against Karl Marginson’s men having lost 3-1 at the Tech5 Stadium in an Evo-Stik Premier League encounter between the sides nine days ago.
Rinkcavage believes there wasn’t much between the teams in that game but “silly goals” cost them anything to show for their efforts.
“We’re on a really tough run of matches at the moment but all of those matches have been quite close, we’ve just given poor goals away,” he said.
“We did it against them (FC United) last time and at Hednesford and we need to tighten up there, we can’t afford to give silly goals away against the better teams because it costs you.”
The Blues’ defence could be boosted with the return of Michael Simpkins.
The experienced centre-back was part of the squad that travelled to Gainsborough Trinity last weekend and he also took part in a friendly match against Staveley MW on Wednesday night.
Striker Ollie Ryan also featured as a substitute in the FA Cup tie and was part of a strong line-up that took on Welfare last night.
But Alex Callery isn’t yet ready for a return to action.
“The FA Trophy is another important competition for us,” said Rinkcavage.
“It’s another competition we can get some prize money in but it’ll be a tough game.
“There should be a big crowd, over 500 for it hopefully and the players should want to play in front of those crowds.”
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