PAUL Bowyer has said his 1874 Northwich players set a standard they must maintain during an FA Cup replay success.

A first opportunity to do so arrives tomorrow when they head to Burscough for the opening game in a new North West Counties League season.

And, after brushing aside Northwich Victoria in midweek, they do so in confident mood.

“We have to make sure we build on that,” said the co-manager.

“If you consider the number of chances we created, then the margin of victory ought to have been wider.

“Our attacking play has been good all summer, and we want that high-tempo approach with lots of movement to become the norm.

“Lots of sides will struggle against us if we manage to do that.”

Like Vics, Burscough were relegated from the Northern Premier League at the end of last season.

They won only six games, and finished adrift at the bottom of the Division One North table.

However a promising pre-season, during which they won five of their six matches, paved the way for an impressive FA Cup success at AFC Emley last weekend.

“Burscough enjoyed a great win in the FA Cup, so they’re clearly no slouches,” added Bowyer.

“Like Vics, they’ll be a bit of an unknown to us because of the changes they’ve made over the summer.

“We can expect them to make it tough for us, that’s for sure, and may have to adapt how we respond during the game.”