MIDDLEWICH Town's title chances will be decided at Barnton on Saturday.
The fourth derby of the season will put things into perspective, says manager Terry Murphy, who has steered Middlewich to two victories in the three meetings so far.
'If we win, the title is still wide open, if we lose then I can't see anything stopping Barnton picking up their eighth championship,' said Murphy.
It was Murphy who started Barnton on the road to unprecedented success and he is trying to do the same for Middlewich, with the ultimate aim of taking them into the North West Counties League.
Town would prefer to win promotion as champions and to do that they must beat Barnton.
'It is all or nothing for us. But we know we are capable of beating Barnton. I'm looking forward to it and we are going there expecting to win,' added Murphy.
Middlewich, however, will be without the manager's son, Lee Murphy, who is unavailable.
'Everyone else is fit and ready. If the weather improves, that will be a bonus.
'We have got to go for the win, throw caution to the wind. A point is not enough.
'If we beat Barnton, we'll still probably need to win all our other games,' said Murphy.
Middlewich have another important fixture on Thursday next week when the North West Counties League inspect Seddon Street.
Middlewich were given a list of jobs to complete and most have been done.
Whether it will be enough to satisfy the NWCFL and whether Middlewich feel they are ready yet for a more expensive set-up remains to be seen.
So far they have five applicants for an anticipated four vacancies.
Murphy said: 'We have done a tremendous amount but don't know whether it will be enough. The club now has to look at the finances and everything else that is involved and make a decision.
'If we are to go into it, we should do so strong and with the aim of promotion to Division One.'