SKELMERSDALE UNITED returned to the top of the league but manager Tommy Lawson insists: 'There will be no runaway leader this season'.
Tuesday night's 3-1 win over FC United of Manchester saw Skem leapfrog AFC Fylde into pole position in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
Fylde only needed a draw against Trafford last night to return to top spot and Lawson says he expects the lead to continually change hands this season.
Lawson has identified a clutch of sides in the Premier Division who will fancy their chances of claiming the only automatic promotion spot in April.
"It is early days but it is proving that the lead will keep changing hands throughout the season," said Lawson.
"There are a lot of teams contesting the top part of the division and there is no runaway leader at the moment.
"A lot of the sides up there are a much of a muchness. It won't half be a good contest this season."
Goals from Alan Burton, Matty Hughes and Dean Astbury put Skem 3-0 up after just 48 minutes before FC United scored a consolation near the end.
Lawson was thrilled with his side's performance in front of 1, 429 supporters at Bury's Gigg Lane ground.
"I think FC United have a massive advantage at home with the pressure they can apply on the match officials," Lawson said of the crowd.
"The slightest little thing and the crowd goes berserk.
"But we managed to score three great goals on Tuesday night. They were absolutely fantastic.
"Tactically, I also thought we got it right. We let FC United have the ball and made it difficult for them to play. We didn't go charging and were happy to let them come to us.”