Golcar United boss Ash Connor wants to keep pressure on title favourites Bury AFC at the top of the North West Counties Division One North table – and that means continuing to win matches.

The champions will secure the only automatic promotion place and the Weavers are now relying on Bury to falter if they are to beat them to the title.

Currently Golcar sit second in the table on 57 points, three points behind Bury. United have also played a game more than both Bury and third placed Holker Old Boys. Ominously Bury remain unbeaten this season and show no signs of stopping. 

Connor knows his side must do all they can in the last 11 matches to keep the pressure up and said: “We knew right from the start Bury were the top team in this league.

“We can only control what we do and win our games but so far Bury have been unbeaten this season and if they go the whole season unbeaten fair play to them they would deserve to win the league.

“We have got 11 games left and so we’ll do our very best to win as many as we can.”

Joe Skarz in action

The first of those 11 games comes on Saturday at home to Daisy Hill. The Weavers defeated Saturday’s opponents 4-1 back in October at Daisy Hill’s ground. Whilst that was a comfortable victory Connor isn’t taking anything for granted. 

He said: “We know them well and I thought we played really well at their place and defeated them. Saturday will be a different game entirely and we know how good an opponent they can be.”

Connor, meanwhile, explained the situation surrounding striker Mike Fish, who scored on his debut for Emley last weekend. Fish remains a Golcar player and is dual-registered.

Connor said: “We are all delighted for Mike. We wanted to get him some minutes on the pitch and Richard (Tracey, Emley manager) wanted to take him for a few games.

“He’s made an immediate impact on the pitch for them and we are delighted he has and I know Richard was very impressed with what he saw of Mike.”