Craig Priest’s Mansfield Town blog: Run of away games could be pivotal to rest of the season

Mansfield Town Stags v Forest Green Rovers in the Blue Square Premier League at the One Call Stadium. Images by Alan Janaszek/PhotoPro Images
Mansfield Town Stags v Forest Green Rovers in the Blue Square Premier League at the One Call Stadium. Images by Alan Janaszek/PhotoPro Images

There are many great things about football, but I don’t think anything can beat last minute winners during a very murky spell of form

When Matt Rhead rose through the crowd to head home Big Ex’s throw in the last minute on Saturday, it seemed like a weight was lifted – three points really shouldn’t be taken for granted.

It wasn’t pretty but hey, football is all about results and that’s what we’ve got. Now we move onto sorting our away form out as our next three fixtures are all on the road as we head for Workington, Dartford and Nuneaton respectively.

A win at the former in the FA Cup could see our tally of consecutive away games rise to four should we be drawn away, the mileage for the next three games already stands at roughly 860.

I guess now then is the perfect time for us to go and show teams what we are really about away from home – how pivotal would it be to our season if we we’re to get through this block of away games unbeaten?

Saturday’s four-hour trip to Workington in the cup kicks it off, a game we’ll have to face without Adam Murray who picked up his fifth booking of the season on Saturday.

However Paul Cox has plenty of options in the squad – I just hope that the changes are kept to a minimum so we can build that momentum.

Away games can often be a nightmare, unless you win of course. I think we can, we’re due some good luck. Bring on the service station prices and early starts! COYS!