Strike duo Ash Flynn and Dan Naidole have hit a combined half-century of goals and Golcar United need them firing on all cylinders to keep up the pressure on leaders Bury AFC.

Flynn has 29 goals for the season while Naidole has 21 and they will need to keep banging in the goals as the season reaches its climax.

The champions in the North West Counties Division One North are promoted with the next four clubs making the play-offs.

Bury are still unbeaten this season and extended their lead over second-placed Golcar to six points when they won their game in hand this week.

Golcar go to Bacup Borough on Saturday and another win is vital just in case Bury slip up. There could be a tasty showdown on the last day of the season when Golcar host Bury at the Skye Direct Stadium.

Weavers boss Ash Connor praised Flynn and Naidole and said: “They have been fantastic for us this season and that’s why we brought them in. To get to 50 goals for them combined is great, let’s hope there is more to come.”

Golcar, though, have other players chipping in with goals too and Connor added: “We’ve now had Oli Willitts get off the mark, 19-year-old defender Nick Crane has scored some vital winners and Buddy Cox now has 11 for the season.”

Dan Naidole gets there first

On keeping the pressure up with wins at the top of the league Connor said: “If you’d have told me where we were now at the start of the season I’d have snapped your hand off.

“I have said before that if Bury go all season unbeaten they deserve to go up. However, it rarely happens and so we need to keep the pressure on them just in case they slip up. As I’ve said before anything can happen in this league.” 

A Naidole brace helped Golcar to a 4-0 victory at home to Daisy Hill last Saturday and Connor said: “Despite the first five minutes I thought we totally controlled the game and came out with a great win.”

He expects a tough test from Bacup and added: “They are a very good side, we only just beat them earlier this year 2-1 at home. We lost to them last year in the eight-game postponed season so we know how tough a side they can be.

“They have a number of dangerous players up front who can really hurt you if you aren’t on top form.”

A Bacup fan died after a cardiac arrest at a game last week and the Golcar players and officials will pay their respects.

“We will be taking some flowers to the game offering our condolences from everyone connected with Golcar United,” said Connor.