DAVE McNabb believes playing on an artificial surface will not put his Warrington Rylands side at a big disadvantage at promotion rivals Leek Town on Saturday.

With 13 of their remaining 19 matches to be played at home, Leek are certainly ones to watch in terms of the race to finish in the Northern Premier League West Division’s top five.

A 4G pitch has been installed at their Harrison Park home ground, limiting the number of home games they could play in the early part of the season.

Rylands head to Staffordshire having beaten their hosts 2-0 at Gorsey Lane on the opening day of the season but McNabb is under no illusions about how tough a prospect Saturday’s game is for his second-placed side.

“They’re a very good side. They’ve obviously got the 4G pitch that they’re used to and they play some very good football with fantastic players in attacking areas,” he said of Leek.

“I’m sure they’re going to go into Saturday thinking they can win the game, just like we will. It’s got the makings for a very good game.

“That many teams train and play on 4G pitches now so it’s probably not as big an advantage as what it once was.

“They will know how the pitch plays and they will be confident they can get the three points, but so are we.

“We’re going there in good form and the lads are playing really well at the minute, so hopefully we have enough to win the game.”