FRICKLEY Athletic boss Karl Rose believes his side can finally end their travel troubles when they visit Grantham Town on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
The Blues have lost eight from eight in the Evo-Stik Premier Division away from home, with their 5-0 loss at high-flying Witton Albion on Saturday their heaviest defeat of the season so far.
Rose is desperate to get that monkey off the Blues’ back sooner rather than later and believes a trip to Lincolnshire gives his side a great chance to secure their first away league points of the campaign.
“They’re up our street in that they’re a strong and physical team that plays direct football,” he said.
“They’re a strong side on their day but it’s a good match for us to get our first points away from home.
“If we compete and turn up and play how we know we can then there’s no reason why we can’t get something from the game.”
Rose can at least take heart from the way his side responded to their 5-0 defeat in Northwich at the weekend when they drew 1-1 with AFC Fylde in South Elmsall on Tuesday night.
Saturday’s match also gives the Blues the chance to leapfrog Grantham in the league table and move further away from relegation trouble.
The Gingerbreads didn’t play a midweek match, however, and Wayne Hallcro will be hoping his side can use that to their advantage at the South Kesteven Sports Stadium.
Frickley will be without Matty Bloor for the trip to Grantham with the defender serving a one-match suspension for collecting five bookings this season.
Rose should have no other fresh injury or suspension concerns.
The Blues will definitely be without Eddie Hague, however, with the playing completing a move to Division 1 North side Wakefield FC last week.
The defender only arrived at Westfield Lane in the summer but failed to become a permanent fixture in Rose’s first team plans, making just a handful of appearances.
The Frickley boss has not closed the door on Hague returning to the club in the future, however.
“He’s moved down the ladder because he wants to play more matches and I can understand that,” said Rose.
“The door is not closed on him. He was only here on non-contract terms and I expect he will be on the same there.
“I’ll keep an eye on how he does there and if he goes there and does well there’s no reason why I can’t go and bring him back here if I think he can do a good job for us.”
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