Blues seal survival

BLUES boss Peter Rinkcavage has been given the seal of approval by the Frickley Athletic board after guiding his side to safety.

The Blues preserved their status in the Evo-Stik Premier Division with a 17th– placed finish despite losing 1-0 to North Ferriby United on the last day of the campaign.

A draw at Marine on Saturday proved to be the result that sealed survival as chasing pair Burcough and Hucknall were both defeated.

And although there was concern with the struggle in the later months of the campaign – which somewhat blighted the club’s centenary year celebrations – the board have decided Rinkcavage is the right man to take the club forward.

It appeared the Blues’ luck had escaped them when Stephen Brown netted a late equaliser to deny them all three points at Marine on Saturday.

But the point proved enough to take Frickley out of the bottom four, and to seal survival.

Danny Walsh converted a penalty on 15 minutes after Thomas Moore handled from a Ben Starosta cross.

And the Blues really should have added to their goal in a dominant first half.

Marine were more involved after the break with Ben Simpson denying them on several occasions.

The hosts forced several corners as the game entered added time with Brown drilling home from one to leave Frickley stunned.

The result ensured a nervy final day of the season for Frickley.

And it seemed as though it would not be their day with North Ferriby keeper Steve Wilson in the form of his life.

Ultimately the defeat – sealed with a Paul Harsley tap in on 24 minutes – would not matter as the Blues lived to fight another day in the Evo-Stik top flight.