THE pressure of the promotion race may be increasing by the week, but Paul Carden says he will never prevent his Warrington Town players from expressing themselves.

Yellows host Hednesford Town on Saturday, kick off 3pm, having scored seven goals – all from open play – in their past two games.

A 4-1 victory at Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday took them top of the Evo-Stik Premier Division on goal difference and Carden says he will always encourage his players to play to their strengths.

“As long as they are playing within the framework of the team, I want everybody doing what they’re good at,” he said.

“I never try and contain any of the lads. My big thing with them is always to play to their strengths.

“For players like Jack Dunn and Dylan Vassallo whose strengths are to dribble and go past people, play to those strengths.

“If that means being creative and doing things that are easy on the eye, so be it.

“Then you’ve got people like Shaun Beeley in there getting blocks in and winning headers.

“They are his strengths but its something that the team desperately needs at times.

“It takes all sorts to make us function as well as we do.”

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The likes of Jack Dunn are thriving within Paul Carden's team. Picture by John Hopkins

Yellows will again be without Jack Mackreth on Saturday but he is not expected to miss too much action after successful surgery on a fractured jaw and cheekbone.

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Adam Hughes is suspended while Dom Reid (groin) will be assessed.

Club captain Jay McCarten is ready to return after missing more than a year of action with an ankle injury but he is likely to go out on loan to get some game time.

Next weekend, Yellows travel to second-place South Shields in a titanic promotion tussle – the sides are currently locked together on 59 points.

However, Carden says thinking about the trip to the north east before Saturday would leave them vulnerable to slipping up against a Hednesford side that beat Town in the reverse fixture in November.

“As far as I’m concerned, we are in the same position. We have to keep winning games,” he said.

“Whatever goes on elsewhere doesn’t concern us. We need to keep doing our own job.

“When it comes to the point where we need to start looking at other games, it becomes a little bit out of our control and we don’t want that.

“If we do our job and keep winning football matches, it remains within our hands.

“I’m certainly not looking at South Shields. I never go beyond who we’re playing next.

“If you look in advance you fall over what’s going on in front of you.”

“We’ve got a tough game coming up against Hednesford. They beat us at their place and I want to put it right.

“Not only because they beat us but because it keeps us going.”

Kick off for Warrington Town vs Hednesford Town at Cantilever Park is at 3pm. Tickets cost £10 adults, £6 concessions and £2 under 16s