FRICKLEY Athletic manager Karl Rose has no concerns over his side’s poor away form in the Evo-Stik Premier League.
Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Buxton was the Blues’ seventh from as many league matches on their travels so far this term - the worst away record in the division.
Two away wins have come in the FA Cup, at Worksop Town and Chorley, but Frickley’s good form at Westfield Lane has kept them out of the relegation zone.
Rose is confident that will change and says performances away from home have warranted more points on the board.
“We haven’t been doing anything different away from home than we have at home,” he said.
“We’ve had similar performances on our travels to what we’ve had at home. At Buxton on Saturday we should have got three points and at Blyth the weekend before we played well. I couldn’t have asked for much more from the players in those two matches.
“The fixtures haven’t help us. I think the teams we’ve played are all top-half teams so we haven’t had things easy.
“Things will change and there’s no panic or concerns from me, that first away win in the league will come.”
Frickley won’t have to worry about ending their away hoodoo this weekend as they welcome Nantwich Town to Westfield Lane (kick-off 3pm).
In contrast to Frickley’s form, Town have fared much better on their travels so far this term, winning six, drawing one and losing one of their eight away matches so far with just one home legaue win to their name from seven matches.
The South Elmsall side will go into the match in confident mood, however, thanks to their 6-2 home thrashing of old foes Worksop Town in the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup on Tuesday night.
The match was a repeat of last year’s final, which the Tigers won 3-2 at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium, and the Blues will be out to go one better this season as they get set for the last eight.
In the meantime Frickley will be focused on bagging vital points to move them up the Evo-Stik Premier Division table, starting with this weekend’s visit of Nantwich.
New arrival Chris Howarth, pictured, who joined from Ossett Town, is set to return to the Blues squad after missing Tuesday’s Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup tie.
Jimmy Ghaichem is also set to return from a one-match suspension served against the Tigers.
Frickley will be out to make it six home wins on the spin.
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