Elgin City manager Gavin Price says is is now or never for the Black and Whites to improve their away form if they are to break into the League 2 play-offs.
City have lost seven of their 11 matches on the road this term, with last weekend’s 2-2 draw at home to leaders Montrose leaving them four points adrift of fourth-placed Stenhousemuir.
Although the Borough Briggs outfit have the best home record in the league, today’s trip to Edinburgh City is the first of seven away fixtures City have to play from their remaining 12 matches, and Price knows the problem must be addressed.
He said: “We can’t really complain too much about the draw, although with other teams around us winning we have lost a bit of ground.
“We have two away games coming up now, where our form has not been so good. That simply has to reverse, we are at the time of the season where we have got to get it resolved.
“We are bearing in mind we still have to play Stirling Albion, who are one of our main competitors, twice at home. We have still got to win those games though.
“The bottom line is our away form has got to improve if we are to make the play-offs – starting this weekend.”
Price, who have Cameron Eadie back in contention after he missed last week’s game with Montrose through injury, expects a determined showing from City at Ainslie Park, and he added: “They have picked up a wee bit since the signings they made in January – their results have been a bit better.
“They have moved a wee bit away from Cowdenbeath at the bottom but they will still feel the pressure, they will not feel they are home and dry. The good thing about this league is everybody is playing for points because of the threat of relegation.
“The games have been competitive and we know what we are up against, but I think we have got enough to get a result.”