TOMMY LAWSON says Skelmersdale United will have nothing to fear when they take on promotion rivals Chorley this weekend.
Skem visit Victory Park on Saturday for what looks like being a pivotal game in the race for the Evo-Stik Premier Division title.
Lawson's men sit top of the table, four points clear of Chorley, who have four games in hand. A win for Skem would put them firmly in the driving seat, with just 16 league games remaining in the season, though it will not come easy; Chorley have lost just twice in the league since last April, though will be smarting after a narrow FA Trophy loss to Tamworth on Tuesday.
It promises to be an intriguing contest, but Lawson insists his side will head up the M6 in confident mood.
He said: “It's one of those games to relish. This is what it's all about, two good sides meeting with plenty at stake. I expect there will be a good crowd – we will certainly be taking a good following up there – and it should be a great atmosphere.
“We respect what Chorley have achieved this season, and we respect that they have been representing our league so well in the FA Trophy, but we don't have any fear of them. Not one bit.
“We will go there, as we always do, to win. A draw, away from home at a rival, is never a bad result, but a win is what we want. Our form is good, and this is a great chance for us to open up a nice gap at the top. Seven points is a big gap at this stage of the season, and games in hand are no guarantee.”
Lawson's men were professional in seeing off Ilkeston 2-0 last weekend. Goals from Dean Astbury, his 16th of the season, and Matty Hughes ensured Skem picked up their 13th win from 14 home league games.
“Our home form is immense,” Lawson said. “But our away form is improving too.
“I was chuffed with the way we played. We were thorough in our play and very solid.
“We're looking strong right now. We had Lewis Field and Shaun Holden back on the bench after long injuries, and Aaron Turner, we hope, will be given the all-clear by the specialist this week too.
“Robbie McIntosh is still out, but Jack Laird is just a couple of weeks away. We're in good shape at this stage.”
Lawson also hopes to add a forward to his ranks, and has placed seven days' notice on one Evo-Stik player this week. Talks are planned before Saturday's game.