Rinkcavage: Pressure is off Blues at FC United

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FRICKLEY Athletic manager Peter Rinkcavage insists there will be no pressure on his troops when they make the tough trip to promotion-chasing FC United of Manchester tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Blues sit a point adrift of safety in the Evo-Stik Premier Division with five games to go and need points to haul them out of the relegation places.

But Rinkcavage is calling on his side to go and enjoy their football in front of what will be a bumper crowd at fourth-place United, who are desperate for points of their own in the battle for promotion.

“We can go there thinking that there’s not a lot to lose for us,” said the Blues boss.

“We’ve got to look forward to the game, there’s going to be a big crowd and it’ll be a big test for us.

“Nobody will really be expecting us to win. If we go there and get a point it will be a good point and it we get the win it will be fantastic.”

Frickley will aim to continue the momentum from their 2-1 victory over Chasetown at the Tech5 Stadium at the weekend.

And they can take plenty of heart from the fact they held Karl Marginson’s men to a 0-0 stalemate when the sides met in the reverse fixture in South Elmsall in February.

The game will also be played at Stalybridge Celtic’s ground, and not United’s usual base at Bury FC’s Gigg Lane, something which Rinkcavage believes could work in his side’s favour.

“I think it might be good for us,” he said.

“It’s a tighter pitch at Stalybridge so it could suit our play more (than at Gigg Lane).”

Frickley have striker Brian Cusworth available for the trip across the Pennines after the former Sheffield FC man served the last of a four-game suspension in the weekend win over Chasetown.

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