Rose: We need to break away duck at Witton Albion

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FRICKLEY Athletic boss Karl Rose hopes his side can take their top home form on their travels on Saturday when they aim to bag their first away points of the season at Witton Albion (kick-off 3pm).

The Blues have lost all seven of their Evo-Stik Premier League matches away from Westfield Lane - although they have won twice on their travels in cup competitions.

In contrast, the South Elmsall side make the trip to the fourth-placed Nantwich club on the back of six straight wins on home soil.

As demanded at the start of the season by the Blues boss, Westfield Lane is fast becoming a fortress for teams to visit but Rose knows the importance of replicating that impressive streak on their travels.

“We know we need to end the run sooner rather than later but there’s no panic,” he said.

“We’ve been unlucky away from home, especially in the last two games, but I’m getting sick of saying that, we need to break that duck.”

Leaving Witton’s Wincham Park with anything to show for their efforts will be a positive for Frickley, with Albion flying high in fourth.

Rose says his side do not need to do much differently to get their rewards away from home and is hoping Lady Luck shines on them this weekend.

“All we need to do is to go out and play our own game, as we have been doing at home,” commented Rose.

“A good away result is just around the corner and hopefully it will come this weekend.

“The pressure is off us a bit more because our recent home results have moved us away from the bottom of the table.

“We now need to transfer our home form to our away matches and I’m confident that when that away result does come we’re quite capable of going on a run that will fire us up the table.”

Frickley have no fresh injury concerns for Saturday’s match.

Goalkeeper Tom Woodhead had stitches after Saturday’s win against Nantwich but will be fit to feature, while Danny Stimpson is set to return from illness.

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