Clitheroe are billing the Bank Holiday clash with Workington as a ”mouth-watering prospect” following their 2-0 win at Glossop North End.
Reds’ 1-0 home win over Marine means they will travel there in second place on goal difference, a point behind their hosts but with a game in hand.
But manager Chris Willcock says: “To be honest I haven’t looked at the League table. First and second doesn’t mean anything at this stage of the season. I’m more interested in what it looks like going into the last 10 games.
“Of course it’s going to be a hard one for us. Clitheroe are one of the teams I picked out as being potential rivals for promotion before a ball was kicked.”
Willcock has described his “talented squad as more like “a hospital A and E department” at the moment and more knocks in the game against Marine have added to the problems.
“We will have a look at the players and assess what we’ve got as late as possible but as I always say we are not going to risk anyone, because it’s a long season.
“If it’s a question of resting someone for a game, instead of playing him and risking aggravation of the problem which might keep him out for weeks, that’s what we will do,” said Willcock.
Already two members of the squad – Liam Lightfoot and Robbie Hebson – are on the long-term injured list and both will require operations.
So far in three League games three victories have produced five goals and none conceded.
Clitheroe are also unbeaten in their four games- three wins and a draw – and have scored 14 goals with five conceded.