“THIS is the one” - that’s the message from determined Frickley Athletic boss Karl Rose as his side look to secure their first away point of the season at Ashton United on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
Rose is sick of talking about his side’s travel sickness - the Blues have lost all nine of their Evo-Stik Premier Division matches on their travels.
In contrast, the South Elmsall side have lost just two of their nine league matches at Westfield Lane and ironically picked up their first home point against Ashton in September.
Rose is hoping that proves to be a good omen when his men visit Surrey Street this weekend.
“This is the one, we’re not going into double figures [in games played] away from home without any points,” he said.
“We’ve got to make sure we play like we have been doing at home and work hard for each other.
“We need to start the match right, it’s important that we come flying out of the blocks because we’ve fallen behind too many times recently and that leaves us with a mountain to climb.
“We got our first point at home against Ashton and it would be ironic if we got our first point away at Ashton, hopefully that will happen.”
United will no pushovers for Rose’s men thanks to a strong start to the season that sees them sitting fifth in the table and eyeing possible promotion going into the match.
The Lancashire side have lost their last two matches, however, both at home, and that will act as crumbs of comfort for the Blues as they target an end to their away hoodoo.
The Blues will make the trip to Lancashire without the services of Jimmy Ghaichem and Luke Danville, who both miss out through suspension.
New recruit Patrece Liburd, a centre-back who signed from Curzon Ashton last week, is set to come straight into the Frickley squad.
The Blues’ postponed home match against Worksop Town is set to be rearranged for after Christmas.
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