Todmorden Borough have a golden chance to improve their poor away record at bottom club Milnthorpe Corinthians on Saturday.
John Gilford’s side have picked up only seven points out of a possible 27 on the road this season in the West Lancashire League, their latest setback coming by 2-1 away to GSK Ulverston Rangers last weekend.
A disappointing display against an Ulverston side below them in the table meant Borough dropped a place to ninth in Division Two.
Todmorden have already crushed Corinthians 6-1 at home and the strugglers have only harvested seven points from 17 games so far.
However, Gilford’s men will be taking nothing for granted after their sixth away defeat of the campaign five days ago, when they were unable to make the most of a perfect start.
On an excellent flat pitch with plenty of grass, Oliver Wood broke through Ulverston’s back four and slotted past the keeper on three minutes.
However, the hosts were level after 10 minutes when Borough failed to clear.
Rangers burst through the midfield again and added a second from close range on 20 minutes.
The visitors were all at sea for the remainder of the half and were fortunate not to fall further behind.
Faced with a familiar situation of having to try to pull a game out of the fire, Todmorden were camped in the home half for much of the second period and forced several corners.
However, chances were missed by Wood (two), Dean Farry and Daniel Liveley to leave the visitors empty handed.
Borough now turn their attentions to facing Milnthorpe without midfielders Chris Kay and Dean Farry who are injured and Lee Earnshaw who is working.
Also, Gilford’s son Elliott, who came on up front last weekend, is heading off to New Zealand tomorrow.
Borough’s seconds are going well - they were 3-1 home winners against their Stoneclough counterparts last weekend - and are producing some promising teenagers in the likes of Joe Walsh, Jim Crowther and Josh Hiley.
However, Gilford is wary of calling up too many at once for the firsts, although Saturday’s foes had a young side in the first meeting.