TOMMY LAWSON says Skelmersdale United may be top of the table - but insists the league title is Chorley's to lose.
United have the chance to extend their lead at the Evo-Stik Premier Division summit this weekend when they play host to Ilkeston FC.
Second-placed Chorley, just one point behind Skem, are in FA Trophy third round action at Tamworth.
Chorley closed the gap on Lawson's side last Saturday when they beat Grantham Town and Skem drew 2-2 at in-form Whitby Town.
But Lawson remains calm in the heat of the title race and says all the pressure is on Chorley.
"Let's be brutally honest about it - it's theirs to lose," said Lawson.
"That is not me being smart of clever, they have got a great chance to stake a claim."
But Lawson is confident that Skem will go toe-to-toe with Chorley this season.
The Skem boss was pleased with his side's performance at Whitby last weekend and buoyed by their latest show of fighting spirit after coming back from two goals down.
And Lawson says United's injury list is swiftly clearing.
"This side won't give up," said Lawson.
"They will not lie down and they didn't feel sorry for themselves. They got on with it and scored two absolutely outstanding goals."
He added: "We were given a real shot in the arm on Monday morning with the news that Lewis Field has been given the all-clear by the specialist.
"He has now done almost a pre-season of training without the ball and there is every chance he will be in the squad for Saturday.
"Alan Burton will be fit for the game and I expect Rob McIntosh to train tonight.
"Shaun Holden was in the squad for Saturday but he didn't get on.
"And Aaron Turner has an appointment with a consultant on January 16 and once we get the all-clear we are going to have a lot of strength in depth."