PRESTWICH Heys assistant manager Ian Hutchinson admits victory at title contenders Hindsford on Saturday would be a 'massive' boost to their own league ambitions.

Heavy rain put paid to the FBT Manchester League Premier Division leaders' match at home to AFC Monton last weekend with only Hindsford's game against Rochdale Sacred Heart surviving the weather.

The league contenders' 5-4 victory moved them into second place, three points behind Heys ahead of what promises to be a huge top of the table clash.

The teams have won six of the last nine Premier Division titles between them and have served up some classic encounters in recent years.

However, they will see this as a big opportunity to reign Jon Lyons’ team in and establish themselves as real title contenders.

Heys remain unbeaten and will be looking to extend their run and put real distance between themselves and the challengers.

The teams met in the Lancashire Shield earlier in the season when Heys scored a 2-1 home success and will be looking to repeat that feat.

"It's still early days but even this early in the season it is a massive game because it gives us a chance to put an even bigger gap between ourselves and them," said Hutchinson.

"The more points we can get on the board and the bigger the gap is will set us up well for when the really bad weather does postpone games in January or February and for when we are forced to play midweek games towards the end of the season.

"Games at Hindsford are always a battle because they've got a small, tight pitch.

"We like to bring it down and knock it about and they are so organised which makes it difficult to break them down.

"We are confident going into the game. We have already beaten them once in the cup and it will be in the back of their minds that we are unbeaten in the league this season.

"But teams are going to want to beat us now. Playing against us is like their cup final and teams will up their game against us because we are top of the League.

"We've got to be a little bit cute and find different ways to break teams down in order to beat them."

Meanwhile Heys Reserves host Hindsford Reserves at Adie Moran Park looking to maintain their eight point lead at the top of the table. Both games kick off at 2pm.