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 this 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.”