Prescot Cables manager Kevin Lynch says their upcoming clashes with Mossley and Clitheroe are “massive tests” but the Bulls boss insists his focus is on judging how they’ve progressed.
Their trip to Manchester last season saw them put in a strong performance but a late red card to goalkeeper Mitch Allen handed the Lillywhites an opportunity to shed some daylight on the result.
This time around, despite being the early stage of the season already pits two playoff hopefuls against one another as third takes on second.
“You’ve got them [Mossley] then Clitheroe which will be massive tests for us really,” Lynch told Off The Park.
“Mossley, last year, were very strong, very good, when we went there Mitch got sent off and finished 4-1 in the end. It’s a great test, a great gauge for where we are and pit our wits against a good Mossley side, you always have a little bit of needle with Manchester and Liverpool clubs, it won’t be any different and we’re looking forward to it.
“It’s a great gauge for us, you look at last season and the scoreline, it’s a case of seeing how far we’ve come,” he added. “I know it’s second and third, it’s more of a gauge to see how far we’ve come considering what happened so we’re looking forward to it.
“Hopefully it’s not the same scoreline, the lads are relishing the challenge and up for the task so we’re up for it.”
Last weekend, a Kyle Sambor brace sprung Prescot Cables into second with a win over 10-man Colne, after Owen Watkinson was sent off.
The win took them six points behind league leaders Macclesfield, who have a game in hand.
The Cables was left Holt House delighted with the performance, he said: “It’s a difficult place to go, pitch isn’t the greatest and the conditions wasn’t the greatest but I just thought it was a professional performance. We had a little scare from kick-off but we just managed the game and the lads were good and professional so I’m pleased.
“I said to the lads before the game they had to learn from the Ramsbottom, where they was in the league and where we are was exactly the same going into the Colne game.
“I’m pleased with the fact the lads learned, they can’t take any games lightly in this league and they listened to what I had to say applied themselves on the pitch so can’t ask for much more.
“To be honest, I thought we looked solid. The pairing of Liam [Hollett] and Tom [Dean] is blossoming, they’re getting better each game and complement each other. Against two tough opponents, to come away with clean sheets it’s always pleasing.”