Cleethorpes Town: 'We still have a great chance of going up' - Liddle
OWLS boss Andy Liddle believes his team can bounce back from defeat and kick-start a winning run to secure promotion.
Cleethorpes Town lost 2-1 at Pontefract Collieries last time out and have slipped to fifth amid a close race for two promotion spots in the Baris Northern Counties East League Division One.
The Owls' 12-match run-in is relatively favourable, with midweek games and ties against promotion rivals on home soil.
But to mount a charge for a top-two berth, their away form must improve – starting at Rossington Main tomorrow.
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"We've stood still squirming in our chairs this month watching other teams get results," said Liddle.
"Teams have pulled away and got a bit of a gap on us, which has been frustrating.
"But we are still within striking distance.
"Previously when we've been beaten, we've gone on a run of six or seven games without defeat.
"If we can do that again, that would give us a chance.
"It will be tough at Rossington and we may have to make some changes because, while our home form has been very good, we have been up and down away all season.
"In almost every away game, we've conceded in the first 15 or 20 minutes. That has to change.
"If we can rectify that, we'll have a good chance of going up."
Liddle is gunning for a promotion double after steering Cleethorpes to Lincolnshire League title glory last season.
"I don't like to study the fixtures and I try to take things game by game," he said. "But we have got a good run-in.
"We've played all of the top sides away from home – some still have to come to Bradley and we are difficult to beat there.
"If we win our games in hand, we're one point off Athersley – but that's a tough ask; you'd rather have the points on the board.
"Teams, like us, have already had the opportunity to take the emphasis off Athersley and haven't been able to.
"They've led from day one and are still top on merit.
"I believe they'll win the league but it's a now a battle, between five or six teams, for that second promotion spot.
"I believe we have a great chance."