Craig Priest’s Mansfield Town blog: Mansfield Town show signs of improvement on the road

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SNOW all around the UK has certainly been frustrating football fans this last week and has already done the same for us tomorrow night when Nuneaton are due in town.

However since I last penned this column a week ago the snow is yet to frustrate us Staggies with two wins on the road.

It still feels weird to say that when you consider our early season away form. Hammering after hammering saw a miserable first eight league games on the road. The stats make miserable reading with 62.5 per cent of those games ending in defeat and a mammoth 22 goals being shipped.

Things changed when the Stags headed to Macclesfield and now have a 100 per cent record away from home in the league in their last four away games, netting eleven goals and conceding only twice – that feeling of ‘oh no its an away game’ has now gone and these, often long journeys, can be welcomed once more.

But what does this mean for our season, initially nothing if we don’t build on what in truth is only a handful of games. However the performances Stags are starting to put in are spreading confidence into the dressing room and the stands – as we know Stags thrive on confidence.

Luke Jones and Lee Stevenson have been a breath of fresh air in the last two games and both should keep their place for the forthcoming games. The consistency and balance is creeping back in – I hope Paul Cox’s men can keep their focus during this white wash of snow and match that impressive away form with solid home form, the latter slipping from 1st to 6th with two back to back defeats.

Can Stags do it? Can snow fall.... we all know the answer to that! COYS