Patterson's side match champions

BORO'S current away form is matching that of the 1986-87 promotion season under Neil Warnock.

The Seasiders have won their last four encounters on the road, a feat that hasn't been achieved since the Vauxhall Conference championship campaign.

During that successful term, Boro won 13 away games in a row., taking them from a mid-table position to the top of the division.

Goals from midfielder Ian Bennyworth and top-scorer Stewart Mell got the run underway in a 2-0 win at Frickley in November.

It was maintained right through to the end of the season, when Mell and current school of excellence director Mitch Cook secured a 2-0 win at Sutton United.

Boro's opening away game in the Football League saw them slip to a 3-1 defeat at Leyton Orient, with full-back Neil Thompson netting their only goal.

In Boro's last four trips this season, they have managed to see off Farsley, Workington, Lancaster City and Harrogate Town, three of who are in the top half of the Conference North table.

This run has boosted them to third from bottom of the table, just a point from safety.

Their home form hasn't been as impressive though.

Until the weekend's 1-0 win against Worcester City they hadn't won a game at the McCain Stadium since the 3-2 defeat of Redditch on December 16.