PAUL Carden says Warrington Town must continue to think only of themselves as the Evo-Stik Premier Division title race hots up.

Yellows welcome Cheshire rivals Nantwich Town to Cantilever Park on Saturday hoping to continue their push for promotion to the National League North.

Following their 2-1 victory at third-place South Shields on Saturday, Town sit level on points and goal difference with leaders Farsley Celtic, with only goals scored keeping them behind the Yorkshiremen with 12 games of the season remaining.

Saturday’s visitors are fourth and are clinging onto the coat-tails of the leading pack, but a Yellows victory on Saturday would put them 11 points clear of the Dabbers.

In such a tight race for the only automatic promotion spot, Carden says the key will be to avoid worrying about what their rivals are doing.

“We’ve just got to keep going. That’s all we can do,” he said.

“I could hear some of the South Shields fans on Saturday saying Farsley had scored late on.

“We can only control what’s in our hands and that is Nantwich on Saturday.

“We can’t control what Farsley are doing. That doesn’t matter to me.

“What’s most important is what we’re doing and if we show the same resilience as we did on Saturday, we’ll be alright.”

Town became the first team to beat South Shields at home on Saturday as goals from Josh Amis and Jack Dunn gave them a memorable 2-1 victory at Mariners Park.

However, they owed much to an imperious midfield display from veteran Shaun Beeley.

Carden believes the former Fleetwood Town and Bury man is the best player of his kind in the division.

He also feels the 30-year-old could – and perhaps should – have played at a much higher level during his full-time career before focusing on a career in the police force.

“A few years ago, Beels was on the verge of going to the Championship when he was at Fleetwood,” he said.

“For one reason or another, he’s not got himself up there and he’s set himself up in another career now.

“If he’s not the best of that type in the league, the player who is must be some player.

“He’s such a battler but he’s so composed in the way he wins the ball back and sets it. He’s massive for us.”

Following Saturday’s game, Yellows are in action again on Tuesday night when they travel to relegation-threatened Workington, kick off 7.45pm.

Kick off for Warrington Town v Nantwich Town at Cantilever Park on Saturday is at 3pm.