Lines drawing up blueprint for Wakefield FC future

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Wakefield FC boss Paul Lines says he will not welcome any quick-fix mercenaries in his team’s battle for Evo-Stik Division 1 North survival.

Although guiding his men to two wins from three league matches since the turn of the year, Lines is under no illusions that his task of keeping the Bears in the division is a tough one.

He will not look to throw cash at his team’s struggle, however, and will instead focus on bolstering his squad with players committing to the Wakefield FC cause for the long run.

“We’ve got a squad full of young players here, talented players but young players,” said Lines.

“That’s why we’ve been inconsistent this season. We were thrashed 5-2 at Salford in our last match but it was the same team that played so well in our two home wins before that.

“I suppose that’s what you have to deal with when you have a young team, but they’re the future of this club.

“I don’t want any quick fixes, giving players £100 per week or so. They may help to keep us up but what then? They’ll just go elsewhere after that for more money.

“I don’t want any mercenaries here. We’re building for the future.”

Lines has been handed a small budget to bolster his squad this season, a step in the right direction after the club was forced to turn amateur in light of financial struggles due to non-payment of sponsorship last season.

With it he has brought in players such as Keenan Ratcliffe and Darrell Kendall, both from Garforth Town.

Both could be involved this Saturday when Wakefield are scheduled to make the tough trip across the Pennines to face third-placed Skelmersdale United.

The recent snowfall and freezing temperatures could thwart the match, as it did for last weekend’s scheduled home match against Lancaster City, but Lines is hoping it gets the green light, and is confident his men can cause their high-flying hosts plenty of problems.

“I don’t think it’s as bad over there,” Lines commented.

“I know a lad over there and he says it may be good to play the match. Hopefully we can because we just wanted to play last week after the Salford defeat.”

He added: “We got beat by them earlier in the season but I thought we played well so hopefully we can give them a good game.”

Wakefield are scheduled to return to home action at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.45pm) in what Lines has described as a “six pointer” against Radcliffe Borough, who 18th and one place below the Bears in the table going into the weekend.

All the Evo-Stik Premier League matches were victim of the weather at the weekend.

Ossett Albion and Ossett Town will be hoping for a return to action tomorrow, Saturday.

Albion, as with Wakefield, are in the thick of a relegation battle ahead of the visit of mid-table Warrington Town to Dimple Wells (kick-off 3pm) before they visit Harrogate Railway Athletic on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

Town are in a rich vein of form and visit local rivals Garforth Town on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Craig Elliott’s men saw their West Riding County Cup home semi-final clash with FC Halifax Town postponed on Wednesday night due to a frozen pitch. The match will be rearranged in due course.