ADAM Lakeland has urged his Northwich Victoria players to forget Saturday’s success against Glossop North End ahead of the teams’ next meeting tonight, Wednesday, in a promotion play-offs semi-final.
Vics won 2-0 at the weekend, avenging a single-goal defeat by the Hillmen in midweek at Wincham Park.
It secured them third place, and with it home advantage for a third clash between the rivals in the space of seven days.
“In my mind nothing was gained [at the weekend] other than three points,” said Lakeland.
“I’m sure Glossop would rather have had us travelling to their place, but we’re acutely aware that winning the most recent game assures us of nothing.
“The same goes for them beating us last Wednesday.”
Northwich have finished the season in encouraging form, winning six of their past seven First Division North matches.
Before Saturday, Glossop had lost only one of their previous seven fixtures – against newly-crowned champions Warrington.
“We’re under no illusion about how difficult this game will be,” added Lakeland, who succeeded Jim Gannon as manager following his departure in January.
“However we feel confident and believe in ourselves - we’ll be going all out to win.
“I asked for an improved performance on Saturday, to see us offering more of a threat than we had in midweek. We certainly did that.”
Spennymoor, who finished as runners-up to Warrington, came from behind to beat Burscough 3-1 in the other play-off semi-final last night, Tuesday.
They will now host the victors of tonight's match in Saturday's final.