COLNE boss Nigel Coates has challenged his players to get maximum points from their next two games.
The Reds travel to Valley Road to face Lloyd Morrison’s Flixton today before taking to the road again the following week where they will go head-to-head with Alsager Town. Colne have won three and drawn one of their last five away fixtures in the Vodkat North West Counties Premier Division and Coates expects his side to improve on that record against opposition lower down in the table.
“We’ve got Flixton and Alsager next and they are both away games,” Coates said. “Our away form is pretty good so we’ll be expecting to get six points out of those games. But we weren’t at it when we played Padiham and if we perform like that again then we’ll come a cropper. If our attitude is right then we’ll be fine.”
Flixton sit 14th in the league hierarchy having accumulated 27 points from 25 games. The Manchester-based outfit had enjoyed a subtle improvement in their form of late until experiencing a shot in their confidence with a 4-1 defeat at home to Alsager Town at the weekend.
Coates said: “I’ve had them watched twice where they’ve won one and lost one. They had a terrible start to the season but they’ve started to pick up. They were going okay until they were beaten on Saturday but we’ll see how we get on. They’ve played their last two games where as we’ve missed out on the last two Saturday’s.
“We’ve had a decent workout this week so hopefully the lads will be fit and ready to go. Flixton are a strange team; they get some funny results so I don’t really know what to expect.”
But Coates believes his players may need to adapt to the less than favourable conditions at Valley Road if they are to find success.
He added: “The pitch might be a problem so there’s a chance we won’t be able to get the ball down and pass it. The pitch isn’t in a great state over there so we will have to adapt. The players should be okay doing that.
“They just have to listen to simple instructions and if they do then they’ll get their rewards. We prefer to get it down and pass it quickly but we have to play the conditions on the day. It could be hard and bumpy with the frost.”