WINSFORD boss Dave Twite has set his eyes on a top six finish after his team ended a four-game losing streak.
Blues take on old rivals Great Harwood Town this weekend after picking up four points from their last two games, courtesy of a 2-1win at Chadderton last week and a last-gasp equaliser at Oldham on Saturday.
But first his team must renew acquaintances with Town, whom they have already faced twice this season in a farcical cup clash. Winsford beat Saturday's opponents on penalties in their knockout tie, only for the result to be declared null and void as the game apparently shouldn't have gone to penalties. The match went to a reply, which Blues lost 3-1.
Twite said: 'Both games were tight affairs. The league retracted the result of the first game, despite the rules saying it should have gone to penalties. It was absurd and we felt it was unjust.
'So Saturday will be a bit of a revenge game. It will also be a difficult game, but we need to start stringing a few results together to stabilise the ship.'
Winger Steve Rowland is likely to be back in the squad for Saturday's game after starring in the Chadderton win, while midfielders Darren Winsor and Gareth Boldsworth, centreback Dave Chambers and striker Ross Cable should all feature.
'We now have strong competition for places, which is what we've been lacking at times this season,' added Twite.
'It will be very difficult to get in the top two, which will definitely get promoted, after those four defeats.
'I would just like to see us keep doing well and finish in the top six - then hopefully there is the possibility of us making the step up in the shake-up that will happen at the end of the season.
'We are capable of a top six finish - the team's good enough-it just depends if we can do the business when it matters.'
Whatever happens, Twite is pleased with the way his squad has advanced this year. He said: 'We are in a new league with a completely new team and so I am happy to be where we are.
'Some of the teams we have been playing this year have been offering their players big win bonuses, but my lads get nothing like that.
'That's what I have been saying to people who have had a pop at my players from time to time. They are playing for nothing, financially - they are playing for me, they are playing for the assistant manager Roy Sweeney and they are playing to progress their careers.'