NANTWICH Town boss Steve Davis says all fixtures from now until the end of the season are vital as they look to secure promotion to the Unibond league for the first time.
The Dabbers had enjoyed a brief spell in second place after last Tuesday's 4-2 win against St Helens but, with no game on Saturday, and Salford City's win against Atherton LR, they resume third spot.
They have two fixtures in quick succession at Colne (Saturday) and Atherton Collieries (Monday) and keeping up the club's nine-game unbeaten run will be instrumental in the promotion bid.
Davis said: 'The Colne game will be hard and they proved tough to crack when we drew with them earlier this season. But we're concentrating on taking three points and we'll be doing the same on Monday.
'Those two teams are in the mid-table positions so they aren't going to catch the top teams and they won't go down, but with no pressure on them, they'll fancy getting one over on us.
'It's a crucial part of the season and the top teams have still got to play each other. It'll probably go down to the last game but I'll certainly take that scenario.'
He added: 'The teams who went up from this division last year certainly held their own in the Unibond league and if we go up I'm sure we could compete.'
The Dabbers will be without defender Paul Donnelly (hamstring) and Phil Parkinson (suspension) for Saturday's game. n Andy Kinsey's hat-trick and Andy Bott's finish were the downfall of St Helen's in last Tuesday's game.
The fixture bore a sentimental element given that it represented the final midweek league game ever to be played at Jackson Avenue prior to the club's summer move to their new stadium at Kingsley Fields.