Greens will be flying if they can cure their travel sickness
Improving their away form will be the top priority for Scunthorpe RUFC next season, according to coach Tim Robinson.
The Greens chief expects his side to continue their progress of the past few years by challenging for a top five finish in National Three Midlands, in what is sure to be another competitive division.
But to do that, Scunthorpe have to become more difficult to beat on their travels.
At Heslam Park, the Greens were formidable opponents in 2011/12, losing only four times, three matches of which were against sides in the top four.
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Away from home turf though, they often struggled and ended the season on a six-game losing streak, dating all the way back to before Christmas.
With another year's experience under their belts, Robinson believes his largely young squad can overcome their travel sickness next term.
"You have to have a look at the sides who've come down or up into the division. That's certainly something I'll continue to do to learn a little bit about other sides," said the former England Under-21 international, looking ahead to the new season, which starts on September 1.
"But we certainly need to make some improvements to our own game.
"Our defence was much better last year – we finished nine points in the positive, which was a massive improvement.
"The competition was much greater too, five or six sides were fighting for fifth place which made it tougher.
"If we can improve areas of our defensive work, we've got to be targeting again to go for fourth or fifth next season and to do that we've got to be more consistent away from home.
"Other than Mansfield, only the top four beat us on home soil, so we were pretty strong.
"But we've got to do something in our psyche or make-up to enable us to win more matches and improve our performances away from home."
Although reasonably content with a ninth place finish in National Three Midlands – in what was only their second season back at Level Five – there was more than a tinge of disappointment at that final position given the way a poor end to the campaign saw them slip out of top five contention.
Robinson says his players must use that disappointment as a catalyst for better fortunes in 2012/13 and he expects that aim to come to fruition.
"The players were gutted with the last two weeks of the season (losses to bottom- of-the-table Manchester and Mansfield) after the hard work they put in," he added.
"But, like I said to them, the progress came in the fact we had been looking at the top four and top five.
"That's what we had been talking about and that's where they had set their secondary targets.
"To have had that feeling the majority of last season was nice in comparison to the previous season where we were thinking, 'if we don't win the next two, we're going to be relegated'.
"In that fact, progress has been made.
"Yes, it was frustrating and a little bit disappointing that if a couple more fixtures had gone our way and we'd finished the season on a positive frame within the league, we could have been where Mansfield finished, in fifth.
"But sometimes it can be difficult to motivate yourself when you're not going to get relegated and you're not going to get promoted.
"That's something we need to build on for next year, to get that consistency of performance.
"If we do that, we'll make even more progress."