WAKEFIELD FC’s battle for Evo-Stik Division 1 North survival received a big boost last weekend when the Bears recorded their first league win since August.
The Stade France side enjoyed the rare taste of victory thanks to a 3-1 win at fellow strugglers Cammell Laird on Saturday.
Goals from Caldon Henson, Fernando Moke and a Dan Sheriffe penalty fired Paul Lines’s side to within two points of safety with nine games to go.
It’s lifted confidence at a club that looked resigned to relegation and it’s come just before another crucial game at neighbours Ossett Albion this Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
“The lads were buzzing after the match and the confidence has taken a hit in the right direction,” said Lines.
“To be honest they’ve always had the belief in their ability and a win has been coming.
“We’d been playing well before but making individual errors and now we’ve started to eradicate those.
“We’re now three unbeaten and we just need to take things a game at a time, I haven’t set any points targets that we need to survive.”
Wakefield sit six points behind Albion with a game in hand, adding more spice to Saturday’s derby game at the Warehouse Systems Stadium.
Lines is now calling on his men to back-up just their fifth league win of the season and put Albion to the sword, but he knows it’ll be no walk in the park.
“They’re a hard working side with some good young players in there and they’ll be hard to beat, I’ve seen a bit of them this season,” he said.
“We’re making ourselves hard to beat though and we’ll be confident going into the game.
“We always go into matches looking for the three points but the idea is not to get beat first and foremost.”
Wakefield will be without the suspended Micah Bleau in defence for the game but Chris Hitchings and new signing Danny Clapham, previously on the books with Huddersfield Town, are set to feature.
The Bears have also signed midfielder Philip Mitchell who is expected to be in the squad.
Ossett Town are also at home tomorrow when Witton Albion visit Stade France (kick-off 3pm).
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