Away We Go For The Blues

Away We Go For The Blues

By Pete Oliver
10 September
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Phil Brown's men look to keep unbeaten run going in derby test


Skipper Paul Dugdale is looking to bounce back with another away-day special at Ramsbottom.

The Blues are unbeaten away from home so far in a solid start to their BetVictor North West campaign.

And Dugdale is hoping to keep that record intact at the Riverside Stadium tonight (Tuesday) after Phil Brown’s men saw their home hoodoo extended with last Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Prescot Cables at Shawbridge.

“It’s always better when you’ve had a bad result to have a game in quick succession,” said Dugdale.

“I’m more than confident. We have been playing well away from home and that’s where we’ve picked up most of our points so far.

“Even against Colne, who are one of the fancied teams, we were more than a match for them.

“So, we fancy ourselves in every game if we can put a performance together for 90 minutes.”

The Blues have taken seven points from a possible nine on the road with wins at Trafford and Kendal Town in their last two away games.

And that unbeaten run means something may have to give in Tuesday night’s derby-date (KO 7.45pm) with Ramsbottom boasting a 100 per cent home record in the league with two wins from two.

However, despite their flying start, the Rams are just a point ahead of Clitheroe in fifth place in the table - with two games in hand - due to an FA Cup run which has earned them a second qualifying-round trip to Gateshead following last Saturday’s 5-1 win at Northern Counties East League outfit Maltby Main.

The Blues will have new signing Oscar O’Neil available following the 19-year-old midfielder’s arrival from Lancaster City as they look to go above their Lancashire neighbours.

And goalkeeper Connor King is heading back towards fitness after missing the last two games with a facial injury sustained in the Bank Holiday Monday defeat to Colne.

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