TOMMY LAWSON admits Saturday's game with FC United of Manchester will have a major bearing on Skelmersdale United's season, but insists “we are ready”.
Skem have struggled in recent weeks, losing four of their last five league fixtures. The most recent was Tuesday's 3-1 home reverse by Witton Albion.
The blip has seen them slip to fifth in the Evo-Stik Premier Division table, below FC United, who are up to third.
Lawson, though, says his side are more than capable of reigniting their promotion push when the sides meet at the West Lancashire College Stadium on Saturday.
He said: “It will have a big bearing on both sides' season, no question. But we're looking forward to the game.
“It is always a good occasion, a good test. It's nice to welcome the FC United supporters, and we enjoy the atmosphere they generate. It has all the makings of being a really good occasion.
“I would say to the people of Skelmersdale to get down and support us, because it will be a great game and a great spectacle.
“We've had some great battles with them over the years, and I am sure this will be another. We beat them earlier in the season, and played very well too. Hopefully we can replicate that performance.”
Lawson admits his side were well beaten against Witton, a side haunted by relegation fears, but has backed his players to overcome their recent slump.
“We can have no complaints with the result,” he said. “They're a good side, with dangerous players, and they deserved their win on the night. No excuses from us.
“It's a tight league, and there are five teams right in the mix at the top, as I have been saying for a while. We've had a blip, and so have Chorley, but I have every faith in my players' ability to bounce back. We're not panicking.”
Lawson welcomed back midfielder Aaron Turner after long term injury against Witton, and hopes to have Shaun Holden available for Saturday's game. Kenny Strickland and Adam Morning are both doubts for the game, however.