ANDY THOMAS has warned the Airbus players that their lead at the top of the table is not insurmountable.

With just five league games remaining, the title-chasing Airmen are nine points clear at the summit and look certainties for the title.

But, ahead of Saturday’s clash at Denbigh Town, assistant manager Thomas insists that his side can take nothing for granted in the run-in.

He said: “We haven’t underestimated any team this season, no matter what their form’s like or what kind of run they’re on.

“We’ve treated every team with respect and that won’t change in the games we’ve got left.

“The position we’ve got ourselves into means that we’re a big scalp for a lot of teams in this league and usually set up to contain and frustrate us.

“The incentive is always there to take points off the leaders, but we’ve got used to that this season.

“The players have worked hard to open up this lead at the top of the table, but nothing’s won yet and we’re not going to get complacent now.

“Denbigh are fighting for their lives down near the bottom of the table right now and we have to expect a dogged performance from them.

“But we’re going there confident and with a lot of competition for places.”

The visitors will be at full-strength squad for the clash, with versatile midfielder Curtis Strong returning to the squad.

Flint Town United’s success this term has been a collective effort, says Niall McGuinness.

The Silkmen boss was named as the Cymru Alliance Manager of the Month for February after guiding Flint to second in the table.

And while his side’s title prospects look increasingly bleak, McGuinness is satisfied that the Cae-y-Castell club have made solid progress this term.

Asked about his recent award, he said: “It’s nice to get that recognition, but the results we’ve had are as much down to the players and the coaches here - they deserve the credit too.

“It has been a team effort to get ourselves into the top two, and all we can do now is try to keep winning to keep the pressure on Airbus.

"Everyone’s worked hard to improve the club’s position and I think if we can stay there we’ll have made big progress from last season.”

Flint host Prestatyn Town this weekend, with McGuinness braced for a stern test.

He added: “I watched them at Conwy last week and they’re a really well-drilled side.

“Neil (Gibson) has made them really hard to beat and I’m expecting it to be quite a cagey, tactical battle.”

Full-back Ieuan Hewitt should return for Flint, who are at full-strength for the game.

Buckley Town boss Dan Moore feels that a club’s league position has counted for nothing in a fiercely-contested Cymru Alliance campaign.

Currently sixth, the Flintshire side have surpassed all expectation this term and now visit a fifth-placed Rhyl side, who beat them 5-2 earlier in the campaign.

Town saw their three-game winning run ended by a 3-2 reverse to Airbus last week, but Moore refused to be downbeat.

He said: “The league table doesn’t really mean anything this season.

“You’ve got so many evenly-matched clubs in this division and you know that each one of those clubs is capable of dropping points on a given weekend.

“We’ve faced the league leaders twice this season and lost by a late goal each time, which is frustrating but it shows we’re making progress since playing in the league below last season.

“There are so many tight games, but I think we’ve given a really solid account of ourselves this season.

“The fact we’re going to teams like Rhyl without fear shows how much we’ve grown as a team.

“We’ve watched Rhyl. We know their personnel and how they’ll set up and know that we’re capable of getting a result there.”

Third-placed Porthmadog will look to bounce back from defeat to Ruthin when they entertain Guilsfield tomorrow, Llanrhaeadr host Bangor City while Warren Gibbs’ Conwy Borough visit Penrhyncoch.