Micky Mellon has thanked non-league neighbours Avro for their help in getting Latics prepared for their return to National League action this afternoon.

This week's cold snap left surfaces at Oldham's Chapel Road training ground and Little Wembley unplayable due to frost.

But Latics have a good relationship with Avro, who play in Northern Premier League Division One West, and were able to use the facilities at The Vestacare Stadium to prepare for today's game at Eastleigh, where a pitch inspection has been called for 11am.

"We've had to train on 4G but that's not a disaster," said Mellon.

"Avro Football Club have been terrific with us and we really appreciate that we have such a brilliant facility right on our doorstep and they've been great with us.

"We've got our training done so there are no excuses there, and we'll be as ready as we need to be for the game."

And manager Mellon is looking for Latics to bounce back from a disappointing FA Trophy defeat last weekend and continue their run of unbeaten away games to help cement their place in the play-off positions.

"It's very tight, we've just got to keep focused on performance and keep trying to win games, keep trying to concentrate on the things that you need to do in order to try to get results. It's really as simple as that. It's when you lose your focus on the qualities that are needed that you start getting into trouble. You can only take care of the controllables, so we'll take care of our own business and keep trying to be that team that keeps getting results," said the Scot.

"We'll be well prepared and we're looking forward to a good contest and looking forward to seeing us get a lot of stuff right.

"It's going to be one day at a time now, keep trying to improve the players and get the most out of them."

If the game is given the go-ahead, Latics are likely to give a debut to new full back Sai Sachdev, who signed on loan from Sheffield United earlier this week, while newest signing Oliver Hammond travelled with the squad last night and could also be involved, after the midfielder signed a one and a half year deal from Nottingham Forest.

Sachdev is expected to start at right wing back, in place of Will Sutton.

"Will has done great for us and stepped in there, but we'd have to be fair and say Will isn't a full back. But he's showed the character that we needed to step up and play there for us," said Mellon.

"We've got a recognised wing back and we're really pleased to be able to do that. We've been a bit light in those kind of positions since we came to the club so it's good to get a quality young player in with loads of ambition and ability and we'll look forward to him performing for us.

"He's a good character, didn't even question coming on loan and knew he was ready for it and the next stage of his development.

"Sheffield United play the wing back system as good as anybody so he'll be well schooled in how to operate in doing that, so it's great for us to get one of the better young performers over to Oldham to come and help us."

Devarn Green is available again after recovering from injury, but Dan Gardner is sidelined for around a fortnight with a foot injury.