TOMMY LAWSON insists Skelmersdale United are "not getting carried away" despite going top of the league.
The United boss saw his side leapfrog Chorley on Tuesday night with a 1-0 win over the leaders.
Lawson is refusing to talk up Skem's title chances so early in the season and says their first target is to secure their Evo-Stik Premier Division status for another term.
Skem's win - thanks to Alan Burton's goal two minutes from time - puts them two points ahead of AFC Fylde who were held to a 0-0 draw at Marine in midweek.
But Lawson says nobody is getting ahead of themselves at the West Lancashire College Stadium.
"We won't be getting carried away," said Lawson.
"The first aim, as with every season, is to get to 40 points and secure this standard of football for another season.
"Then you set yourself targets about finishing in the top half and so on.
"We are not shouting from the rooftops and saying we are going to do this and that. We are taking it one game at a time.
"We have just come into this league and had to re-do our whole side this summer.
"Don't forget, we lost 12 players in pre-season and you can't expect the new lads to necessarily to take over.
"But it is a fabulous achievement to go top of the league. The lads are listening to what we are saying and what is asked of them.
"They are growing as a group and it has never been a one man show at Skem."
He added: "We did really well and I am delighted with the football being served up by this group of people.
"It was a good, hard game on Tuesday night against a very, very good side.
"Tactically we got it spot on and covered them in certain areas and allowed them to play in certain areas.
"It was a good contest and great to watch. And it was a really, really important win for us."
Lawson's men go to 10th placed Buxton this weekend and the Skem boss says his side are now there to be shot at.
"We go to Buxton this weekend for what will be a tough game," he said.
"There is usually quite a hostile crowd up there.
"We've been up there before and I remember when John Cass scored the winner in the 90th minute after the Buxton keeper had a great day."
Kenny Strickland is expected to be side-lined for 10 days after sustaining a nasty cut on his head in the win over Chorley.
Skem's reward for beating Northwich Victoria on Saturday in the FA Cup is a second qualifying round is a trip to West Auckland next Saturday.