Rinkcavage confident of a rise up the table for Blues

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FRICKLEY Athletic manager Peter Rinkcavage is confident his side can start climbing the Evo-Stik Premier Division table thanks to a return of key players.

Alex Callery returned to the starting line-up in the 1-1 draw with Buxton on Tuesday night while Ollie Ryan formed a new strike partnership with Peter Knox.

Mark Gray has also come on-loan from Gainsborough Trinity to replace the departing Michael Simpkins in defence and Rinkcavage is pleased with the options available in his squad.

“We have a very good squad on paper and if we manage to keep players injury-free for a couple of months we’ll start climbing the table,” said the Blues boss.

“We had Ollie Ryan linking-up well with Brad Grayson and Peter Knox in the last few games and Alex Callery returning who, as a wide man, is one of the best at this level.”

The South Elmsall side has endured a tough run of fixtures, winning just once in seven matches in all competitions in October.

But an encouraging 2-2 draw at promotion-chasing Chester showed signs of improvement.

A trip to basement side Burscough gives the Blues the ideal chance to pick up three points - but Rinkcavage won’t be taking them lightly.

“We’ve had them [Burscough] watched recently and I don’t think they’re as bad as their position at the bottom of the table suggests,” he said.

“They were unlucky not to beat Buxton at the weekend and they’ve had some decent results of late so it’s not going to be easy for us.”

Frickley beat Burscough 2-0 at the Tech5 Stadium on the opening day of the season but Rinkcavage believes it’ll be a much different game at Stormy Corner.

“They’ve changed their manager since then,” he said.

“He’s also brought in some players of his own so we can’t take too much from the last time we played them.”

Stuart Ludlam took of the captain’s armband following Simpkins’s departure from the club, and the Blues boss believes he’s the right man for the job.

“We had some good candidates for the role but Stuart was the outstanding candidate,” he said.

“He has ability on the pitch and he also shows leadership skills off it, even before he was captain, so he’s the right man to be captain.”

Simpkins, who joined in the summer, left the club by mutual consent and has since signed for Belper Town.

“Things just didn’t work out for him here,” said Rinkcavage.

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