TOMMY LAWSON says Skelmersdale United must become harder to beat away from home if they are going to keep pace with the league leaders.
Rivals Chorley leapfrogged Skem and returned to top spot in the Evo-Stik Premier Division on Tuesday night after thumping rock bottom Droylsden 5-0.
Skem were beaten 2-0 at Stamford in their last league match and have now lost five times on the road this season.
Lawson used Tuesday night’s Doodson Sport Cup tie at Radcliffe Borough to experiment with formation and tactics and watched his side come away with a 2-0 win.
New signing Jack Laird bagged both goals on his first start for the club.
This weekend, United return home to face Rushall Olympic but Lawson says their away form is on his mind.
“With away games, we have been looking for reasons as to why our form hasn’t been as good,” said Lawson.
“Perhaps now we have got to look to make ourselves harder to beat rather than always looking to win. As a management team we have been looking at the whole shebang.
“It was difficult on Saturday because it took us four hours and 15 minutes to get there.
“The bus broke down. It didn’t stop but lost all it’s power. Going up an incline was ridiculous.
“We had been booked into a hotel for 11.30 for the players to get something to eat but we didn’t arrive until 1pm, which was too late.
“We also couldn’t get parked so we just drove straight to the ground.
“So it wasn’t ideal but it was nobody’s fault, it was just circumstance.”
He added: “We didn’t play as we normally.
“The preparation wasn’t ideal but we are going to tinker with the way we play away from home. We can’t be as open and honest with it as we would be at home.
“Last year, we played exactly the same home and away and let teams worry about us. But we have moved into a higher league and so have to treat games with total respect.
“Our first game of the season was a trip to Rushall Olympic. We’ve also had long trips to Blyth Spartans, Frickley Athletic, Stamford and West Auckland in the cup. And we have not come out of these games well.”
Lawson is hoping to have Shaun Holden and Adam Morning available to play again on Saturday.
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