EUXTON Villa manager Mark McDonnell wants his side to take maximum points from their final game of January as they try to push for second spot in the West Lancashire League Premier Division.
The Runshaw Hall Lane side defeated Crooklands on Saturday to keep up their 100 per cent record in 2017 and the manager believes they have to pick up maximum points.
He said: “We have got a tough February with Garstang home and away and then also Blackpool Wren Rovers away.
“So if we can win against Whitehaven then it would put us in a good position heading into February.
“Whitehaven have not been great on their travels but we are not taking anything for granted.
“We want to get the runners-up spot in the league so if we take three points on Saturday and then pick up wins in February then we will be better placed to know where we are.”
McDonnell was impressed by their 2-0 victory against Crooklands on Saturday.
“It was a very hard-fought win as the pitch was very heavy and the game was still open until the last 10 minutes.
“We were very solid defensively with Ryan Thompson and Sam Bolton doing well.”
Villa took the lead in the 35th minute when Rob Swifts corner was flicked on at the near post and the ball found its way to Connor Gronback whose right foot volley sailed into the back of the net.
The visitors led 1-0 at the break then Gronback and Greg Johnstone both had chances to extend their lead.
Ian Billington eased any nerves for the visitors when he got his name of the scoresheet with 10 minutes left.
McDonnell said: “We have got a good squad of players here as we lost Rob Walker to injury after 10 minutes and he was replaced by Barney Morris then Pat Bibby also went off injured too.”
Elsewhere in the same division, Coppull United suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Fulwood Amateurs .
Steve Lynch scored an equaliser for Coppull but hopes of sharing a points were dashed when Sam Braithwaite scored for the visitors.
The Springfield Road side are on the road against Crookland Casuals on Saturday at 2pm.
Meanwhile, Charnock Richard will be looking to maintain their promotion push when they entertain Stockport Town in the Hallmark Security League Division One.
The Mossie Park side lie third in the table - five points behind leaders Whitchurch Alport but they have three games in hand over the leaders.
Charnock suffered a 1-0 defeat in their last match against Litherland REMYCA but ended 2016 on a high with a 3-0 victory against Bacup Borough.