Neil Marshall column: Plenty of competition up front

Tom Kilifin fires narrowly wide against New Mills. Picture: Tony North
Tom Kilifin fires narrowly wide against New Mills. Picture: Tony North

We’ve had a really good start to 2015 but I think our sternest test of the new year will come this Saturday.

We travel to second in the table Northwich Victoria knowing we’ll be in for a tough game.

They may be challenging for the title but we’re going into the game full of confidence after picking up a fifth win in six games.

I’m sure they’ll be as concerned about facing us as we are about facing them.

Jim Gannon is a really experienced manager thought and everybody knows that Northwich Victoria are a big non-league club in the North West.

Nevertheless, we’re expecting to get another positive result as we keep trying to climb the Evo-Stik First Division North.

Saturday’s game against New Mills was largely what we expected and we got the result needed against a side that are second bottom.

We could have gone on to get double figures, we were that dominant, but it was all about getting back to winning ways and picking up the three points after defeat to Warrington had ended our great start to the year.

It could have been more but we’re more than pleased with a 4-0 victory.

All season we’ve had chance after chance and it’s good to see that now we’re starting to take them and really put teams to the sword.

The goals are also being spread out.

We’re not relying on one person to create the chances and one to score the goals.

Ryan Winder, Matty Poole, Reece Pearce, Tom Kilifin and Aaron Taylor are all in really good form at the moment.

I think the competition for places when everyone one is fit is pushing all our attackers and we’re starting to reap the benefits of that.

If we can keep up our improved defensive performances then there’s no reason why we can’t get something at Northwich on Saturday.