OSSETT Town boss Phil Sharpe insists Saturday’s Evo-Stik Premier Division clash with Buxton at Stade France will make or break his side’s season.
Town are in the thick of a relegation battle as the season reaches its climax and desperately need points to stay in with a shout of completing a great escape.
Sharpe’s men are seven points adrift of safety with seven games to go this term - starting with this weekend’s visit of the promotion-chasing Bucks.
“We’ve got to win on Saturday,” Sharpe admitted.
“If we win on Saturday then we’ll send a shudder to those teams in and around us.
“If we win it’s very much game on, we’ll be right back in the frame.”
Town have shown improved form of late with two successive 1-0 away victories helping their survival cause.
Their latest triumph came in impressive fashion at Northwich Victoria on Saturday as David Boardman netted a late winner.
But they’ve won just once at Stade France in the league all season - the worst home record in the entire Northern Premier League - and must show a drastic upturn in performances on home soil if they’re to remain a Premier Division club.
“I just can’t put my finger on why we’re so poor at home,” he said.
“Our away form is promotion form, our form on our travels has been fantastic.
“The players play without fear and go out and enjoy their football and it shows with the results we’ve been picking up.
“Maybe it’s because our home games have fallen in midweek and we just haven’t been able to field the same starting eleven because of players having other commitments.
“We’ve had a full week of preparation this week so hopefully we’ll be better against Buxton on Saturday.”
Town will be without striker Kevin Sanasy against the Bucks, with the player unavailable to feature against his former club as part of the deal that brought him to Ossett.
Shane Kelsey is also out through suspension, but Craig Harding will return.
Wakefield FC kick-off a hectic final month of their Division 1 North season by hosting Bamber Bridge at College Grove tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).
The Bears face nine matches in April due to the numerous postponements over the winter months.
And they’ll need to end a run of four games without a win on home soil if they’re to defeat a Bridge side gunning for a promotion place this season.
Ossett Albion travel to rock-bottom Leigh Genesis in a game they have to win to keep any hopes of survival alive.
Both sides are favourites for relegation this season but Albion boss Eric Gilchrist won’t be wanting to leave Dimple Wells with a whimper.
Albion will need to bounce back from a confidence-sapping 4-0 home loss against Lancaster City last time out.
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