TOMMY LAWSON has warned rival manager Gary Flitcroft that he must protect his players from burn-out or risk ruining their title chances.
The Skelmersdale United boss was surprised to see Flitcroft reveal his Chorley squad are suffering from fatigue - less than half-way through the season.
Skem returned to the top of the Evo-Stik Premier Division table with a 1-0 win over Rushall Olympic last weekend as Chorley lost at home to Barwell.
Defeat ended a 13 game winning streak for Chorley and Lawson believes to only be second after such a run has to be dispiriting.
And with Chorley also challenging for a number of cups this season, Lawson says Flitcroft must be careful with his players.
"We are coming to the half-way mark in the season now and I was reading some comments from Gary Flitcroft on Sunday about his players being leggy," said Lawson.
"What Chorley have achieved this season has to be applauded. They have done particularly well and had 13 straight wins.
"But little old Skem are hanging on their coat tails. Chorley have been getting a lot of praise, and rightly so, but after 13 straight wins they would be expecting some breathing space.
"We've done unbelievably well and a plus on the other side is that Chorley are in a lot of cup competitions.
"We've been there. We know how it feels but Gary doesn't and if he doesn't manage it correctly then he is going to suffer burn-out.
"I can say this from my own experiences.
"So for him to suggest that they are leggy already is interesting.
"I just feel as though Gary is in a different zone that he has never been in before and it is an area that will challenge him as a manager.
"He has three of our old players and they have been through this, so that could be beneficial to him. But the rest of the squad won't know how it works.
"The schedule can take your legs without you realising.
"I was surprised to read what he said."
Lawson added: "You have got to treat every team with respect because every single team is capable of doing a job on you.
"Chorley may have taken Barwell lightly.
"You can be brought down to earth in this league very, very quickly.
"So it will be interesting to see if Gary handles this because he is only a young manager."
Skem were last night hoping to complete the signing of a wide attacker from Morecambe.
This weekend, United go to Nantwich Town.