Lines upbeat as Bears continue relegation battle at Salford

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MANAGER Paul Lines says Wakefield FC shouldn’t fear any team in their battle against relegation from Division 1 North.

The Bears sit five points adrift of safety but have two games in-hand over nearest rivals Ossett Albion with 15 games to go this season.

Lines collected his first point as Wakefield manager in a 3-3 draw with Clitheroe last time out, ending a run of eight straight defeats.

But with the Bears eager to get straight back out on to the pitch and kick-on from their point, the cold snap forced the postponement of a fortnight of fixtures.

Wakefield will return to action at Salford City tomorrow, Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

“It’s a winnable game for us,” said Lines.

“They lost 4-1 in midweek in their cup-semi final so you don’t know if their players are going to want to bounce back or if they’ll be down after the defeat.

“We’re not frightened of any team.

“We’ve played all the top teams and although we took a few big hits when I first came in we’re competing now and getting closer.

“Now’s the time to turn things around. A win could change everything.”

The Bears haven’t won since mid-September, when they beat ground-sharing neighbours Ossett Town in the FA Cup.

But Lines doesn’t think his first victory as Wakefield boss is far away.

“The draw against Clitheroe is the blueprint for how we want to do,” he said.

“We should have beat them comfortably but in the end we needed a last-minute goal to salvage a point.”

“The squad now is where I want it to be, we’ve brought in some new players and Danny Forrest is back from injury.

“The aim is to stay in this division come the end of the season but I see no reason why we shouldn’t aim higher than that.”

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