WARRINGTON Rylands discovers how intense the battle to promote the Northern Premier League West Division is.
And already, it looks like they could play well for second place.
Manager Dave McNabb admits that even at this relatively early stage, league leaders Marine appear to be difficult to catch up with.
The Crosby-based team are five points clear at the top with a game short, with the Blues part of a tightly packed group of teams behind them.
They sit fourth in a group of seven – from Workington in second to Trafford in eighth – separated by just four points.
On Saturday, they aim to shake off last weekend’s loss to other contenders for the Runcorn Linnets promotion by welcoming Ramsbottom United to Gorsey Lane.
“I think what’s different about Marine is that they’re absolutely clinical in both boxes,” McNabb said.
“They’re so professional – they’ve only conceded 11 goals all season and if you don’t leave goals you still have a chance to score at the other end.
“With five points ahead with one game less, I personally think it will be difficult to catch them.
“Having said that, I think there will be a period when they lose points.
“The problem is that everyone will probably have them too. The consistency that you need to perform week after week to pick up points is through the roof.
“The league is competitive in all areas, not just at the top.
“We just beat Prescot 7-2, and then they went to play against Mossley, who would have surpassed us with a win, and beat them three days later.
“Anyone can beat anyone and the teams at the top seem to be pulling out points per minute except Marine.”