FC UNITED manager Karl Marginson has backed his team to win the UniBond first division north title.
The reds currently lie fifth in the table in one of the five promotion spots but are only six points adrift of current leaders Curzon Ashton, who FC beat convincingly over Christmas.
And their title chances have been boosted by club captain Dave Chadwick, winger Josh Howard and striker Stuart Rudd all recovering from their long spells of injury.
Howard could even start in United’s home game against Chorley on Saturday, January 12.
Margy said: “After the last two results I think it goes to show how open this league is and with just six points separating the top five we have a very good chance of winning the title. I honestly think we can win the league.
“Two fantastic wins over Curzon Ashton and Mossley have put us well and truly back in the hunt. The players were excellent against Curzon in a tough game without our fans there. But I drilled into the lads why they weren’t there and they responded excellently by winning it for our supporters.
“Now we need to carry that run on and notch a few straight victories to stay nicely in those play-off places.
“We’ve got crucial players, who’ve been big misses, returning to the squad and I think they could provide that extra push for us.
“Teams are tiring all around us and each of the five sides in the important positions are more than capable of beating each other.
“We will have another tough game against Chorley as they have signed players since our last game.
“These are the types of games you need to win.
“As I boringly say every week, if we play to our potential we’ll beat anyone – just ask Curzon.”
The Chorley game kicks off at 3pm. On the gate admission costs £7.50 for adults, £5 for over-60s and £2 for under-18s.
FC played in the high-profile Riesa Tournament in Germany at the weekend but they were knocked out in the first round.