FRICKLEY Athletic will look to kick-off a big festive fixture list by ending their away hoodoo in the league at high-flying Marine on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
The Blues face four Evo-Stik Premier Division matches in a frantic 11 days, starting with the tough trip to the Arriva Stadium.
Boss Karl Rose has highlighted the fixtures as crucial in his side’s season - Frickley also host leaders North Ferriby on Boxing Day, Wednesday, and struggling Kendal Town on Saturday, December 29 before travelling to lowly Whitby Town on New Year’s Day.
It will give the South Elmsall side challenges from both ends of the table and Rose is hopeful his men can start by getting the monkey of no away league points off their backs in Liverpool this weekend.
“It’s a big month for us,” declared Rose. “The games are coming thick and fast but we need to take one game at a time. The next game is always the most important and that is Marine.
“Saturday is massive for us because we’re looking to break our away duck.
“We’ve shown there is no reason why we can’t do that with the win over Hednesford on Saturday, our home form has been superb.
“It’ll be a tough game, they’re a side up at the top end of the table. We’re in a tough run of fixtures playing the top three sides in the division but we’ve come through the first game with a win and we’ll be looking for another on Saturday.”
Despite Frickley’s desperate desire to get their first league away points on the board Rose insists he will not take his side to Marine to shut and shop and grind out a point.
“We’ll be setting up for the win and if a draw comes from the back of that we’ll probably take it,” he commented.
“We do need to come flying out of the blocks though, we need a good start.
“The first goal is going to be key and too many times away from home we’ve given away the first goal and fallen behind early and it’s left us with a mountain to climb.”
Jimmy Ghaichem and Luke Danville are both available and will give Rose a welcome selection headache “for the first time in a while”.
Marine have not tasted defeat since November 10 when they went down against current leaders North Ferriby.
Kevin Lynch’s men ran out 2-1 winners at Westfield Lane in the reverse fixture in August.
The Blues return to Westfield Lane on Boxing Day, Wednesday, looking to stretch their unbeaten home run to nine matches when North Ferriby, and former boss Billy Heath, visit (3pm).
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