DAVE McNabb admits tomorrow's trip to Runcorn Linnets is up there among the toughest games his Warrington Rylands side will face.

Both sides are among a clutch of sides closely locked together in the upper echelons of the Northern Premier League West Division table, with just four points separating Blues in second from eighth-place Clitheroe.

Runcorn will leapfrog their visitors with a victory and on paper at least, an intriguing game is in store.

McNabb's men are unbeaten away from Gorsey Lane this season and are the division's top scorers with 34 goals – seven of which came in their thrashing of Prescot Cables last time out.

However, they take that record to a Linnets side that have lost just once at home in the league this season.

They are also well-supported – their average home attendance of 605 is bettered only by league leaders Marine – and McNabb expects a hostile atmosphere to greet his side.

"It’s definitely going to be one of our toughest games but you look forward to how tough it’s going to be," he said of the derby match.

"I do expect a big crowd – it’s quite a young and hostile crowd too and it’s something different for the players to deal with.

"Calum (McIntyre, Linnets manager) is a fantastic coach who will have his team set up very organised.

"They will build from the back and try to play the right way as we do.

"It should be a really interesting game – it’s one of those where either side could win 4-0 or it could be 0-0. You just don’t know how it’s going to end up."

Kick off at the Apec Taxis Stadium is at 3pm.