WAYNE Goodison has warned 1874 Northwich’s players that Maine Road’s position in the table may not be a guide of what to expect this weekend.

The visitors to St Luke’s Barton Stadium sit third-bottom in the North West Counties League Premier Division and changed their manager last month.

However they have won twice since then.

“It’s difficult to predict what we can expect,” admitted the 1874 co-boss.

“We know a bit about them, although not much, and there has been a high turnover of players there.

“Maine Road as a club have always turned out teams of young lads that try to play football in the right way, and I think that much won’t change.

“They’ll have gained in confidence from the wins [against Darwen and Barnton], and will be feeling better about their chances of moving up the league.”

1874 are concerned primarily with being able to play following the postponement of four matches since a 2-0 win against Hanley earlier this month.

It leaves them 17th in the standings and with only a dozen of their fixtures completed.

Goodison said: “The lads are pretty desperate to play again, as you’d expect – I think their heads might explode if we have another game called off this weekend.

“I keep saying to them that their mind-set, and the way they approach a match once we finally play one again, is more important than anything else.”