CREWE FC boss Ian O'Reilly says his team are ready for their toughest test of the season.
The Cumberland Arena side are second from bottom of the Mid-Cheshire League Division One, but have put together a string of six games unbeaten in league and various cup games.
However, none of their last six opponents posed a threat like runaway leaders Middlewich Town do.
Town have won 12, drawn four and lost just two of their 18 games this season. They have scored twice as many goals as Crewe, and conceded less than bours have shipped.
And they will be desperate to maintain their two-point advantage over Barnton against Crewe on Saturday.
But O'Reilly is not intimidated. He said: 'It will be a good test to see just how far we have come in recent weeks. If we play well we have a chance. If we don't we'll get battered. It's as simple as that.
'But I don't care what the table says, I am looking forward to it. We will have a near full-strength squad and we shall go for the win.'
The only absentee is likely to be the suspended Darren Vickers, but striker Gareth Brooks is available again. nCrewe FC's Presidents Cup clash at Gamesley was postponed due to bad weather on Saturday, as was the club's reserve side fixture with Poynton