NANTWICH Town boss Steve Davis has ordered his players to ignore the FA Vase and concentrate on tonight's league clash at Stone Dominoes.
The player-manager is well aware that the lure of a FA Vase Final appearance at St Andrews could be foremost on the minds of his men as they approach the semi-final first leg at Cammell Laird on Saturday.
But he insists they must take each game as they come, starting at Springbank Stadium (7.45pm).
Buoyed by Saturday's victory at Colne, which was far more comfortable than the scoreline suggests, Davis has not given up on league glory yet.
He said: 'I am expecting a tough game at Stone despite them being second from bottom. They have started to put some battling performances together and we'll have to be at our best to win.
'Only then will I allow our attention to focus on the Vase semi final. With our games in hand we are not totally out of it in the league, so we must give 100%.'
Davis was on the scoresheet at Colne, chesting home the Dabbers' second from close range early in the second half.
That was sandwiched between Murray McCulloch's angled drive from 22 yards on 42 minutes, and Matt Platt's first for the club on 89, after good work from substitute James Marrow and Matt Blake.
Steve Cunningham's bullet header had made it 2-1, but the game was safe by the time he completed his brace with a penalty in the dying seconds.
Davis was pleased with the three points, but added: 'I was a little disappointed with our performance.
'We lacked guile and we're not finishing teams off when we are in command. Without being disrespectful to Colne we had so much possession that the scoreline should have been double.'
Nantwich Town reserves have notched two wins and a draw in five days. First, Alan Cooper's men saw off Chadderton 2-1 in a league encounter, thanks to a brace from Neil O'Brian.
On Thursday they progressed to the final of the Crewe FA Cup with a 2-0 success over MMU, with Ash Lawton and Scott Beasley on the mark.
On Saturday, Gareth Mitchell's effort on the stroke of half-time forced a replay with Skelmersdale in the League Cup, as it finished 1-1. Cooper said: 'I'm proud of the players.'
Meanwhile, Alsager Town boss Greg Clowes backed his players as their run without a win continued with a 1-0 reverse at Maine Road on Saturday.
The Bullets have not taken maximum points since February 18, and a ninth-minute strike from Alex Yates was the least the Manchester side deserved.
Clowes admits his side was completely outplayed, but insists he still has faith in his team. In fact, he reckons it is his responsibility to turn things around.
He said: 'We deserved nothing. Maine Road played us off the park and I would have been embarrassed to have taken anything from the game.
'Every team has a dip in form and this is ours. I just need to settle the players down. There has been too much talk of promotion and games in hand. Points on the board are all that matter.
'I'll take this right on the chin. The buck stops with me and I've got to sort it out. I'm still learning, and I've got to make sure I get the right message across to the players.
'I'm not admitting defeat when I say that, whatever happens, this will be the best season in Alsager's history. We have the best team and the best supporters the club has ever seen.
'If we finish above sixth we will have made progress. But we can still go up because this team is good enough.'
An Alsager second string made it to the Mid-Cheshire FA Senior Cup Final with a 1-0 win over Middlewich Town in midweek. Alsager travelled to Newcastle Town as the Chronicle went to press last night.