GARY Finley is hoping for some home comfort in 2009 as his Witton side continue their fight for survival in the UniBond Premier League.
The Albion boss has been disappointed with results at Wincham Park this campaign while Witton’s away form has been cause for optimism.
But Finley, who is in his second spell in charge of Witton, thinks winning their home games may hold the key to reaching safety.
He said: “Our home form has not been too good this season whereas on the road we have picked up some notable scalps at Leigh and Bradford.
“But if we can start to put some run of results together, especially in front of our own supporters, then we can move up the table.
“We have been picking up points recently and gradually we are dragging ourselves out of it.”
Witton are still bottom of the league but results over the festive period have tightened up the bottom half with eight teams separated by just five points.
One win could see Witton move out of the relegation zone but, with 18 league games still to go, Finley is all too aware of the challenge that lies ahead.
“Our results have dragged a few more teams back into it and it’s looking really tight down there now. If we get a couple more wins then we can get ourselves out of it but there is an awful long way to go until we can start thinking about that,” he said.
Witton were due to face Marine last night in a rearranged UniBond Challenge Cup fourth-round tie at Wincham Park (7.45pm) after Saturday’s match was postponed but it was doubtful due to frost.
This Saturday, Witton resume their fight for survival against fellow strugglers Matlock Town (3pm) in what is a must-win game for Finley’s men at Wincham Park.