CURZON Ashton boss Gary Lowe has warned FC United that they have a big fight on their hands if they're to capture a third successive league title.
FC are back up to fifth in UniBond Division One North after Wednesday's 3-0 win over Clitheroe and will be seeking to make further headway when they entertain third-placed Bamber Bridge tomorrow.
But Curzon, who trail leaders Skelmersdale only on goal difference, boast a nine-point lead over the Rebels ahead of their home clash with Newcastle Blue Star, in which they'll be looking to post a third victory in eight days.
And, even though FC would go top were they to win the games in hand they have on Curzon and the rest of the teams above them, Lowe believes that's asking a lot of Karl Marginson's men given the fixture glut they now face.
Lowe, whose team tried and failed to catch the Rebels when the roles were reversed in the North West Counties League last term, said: "FC United are a good side, but it's nevertheless going to be tough for them playing catch-up at this stage of the season.
"We know from experience how hard that is and, with respect to the North West Counties, it's a lot more difficult stringing wins together in this division, as FC United are now faced with doing, than it is in that league."