Warrington Town manager Mark Beesley says his players must remain focused ahead of a difficult assignment away at Radcliffe this Saturday.
In order to extend a club-record unbeaten run of 16 games, they must overcome a Boro side that have lost just once since the start of the year.
With competition high for a play-off spot, the Yellows could climb up to third with a win, while defeat could see them end the day outside of the top five.
Beesley insists his players are under no illusions regarding the size of the task.
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“There’s some really good clubs vying for spots around the top of the table,” Beesley told the Warrington Guardian.
“I’m sure everyone will probably agree that South Shields are done and dusted for the title, but from second down to eighth, there’s places to fight for.
“For a neutral, it’s something to be excited about but we’re not neutral.
“We’re concentrating on what we’ve got to do. We’ve got a tough game on Saturday against an excellent team and we’ve got to be ready for it.
“They’ve recruited really well and are up there on merit, so at the minute, it’s probably as tough as it gets.”
The Yellows boss, alongside assistant manager Dave Raven, recently signed a new two-year deal to remain at the club until at least the end of the 2024/25 season.
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And with Connor Woods also returning to the club on a permanent deal on Wednesday, he believes the squad are in good shape ahead of a pivotal run-in.
“We’ve got good experience, but we’ve got good young players who have been with us for a while, and that’s the key to it,” Beesley added.
“It’s been important that the nucleus of the squad has stayed together, and now we can push on.
“We put the work in on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and hopefully the experiences of last year will stand us in good stead.”
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