ANDY Welsh will continue to mix and match his starting line-up as Bury AFC chase their promotion dream.

AFC returned to the top of NWCL First Division North thanks to Tuesday night’s 3-1 win at Ashton Town as they maintained their unbeaten league record.

Welsh started with Tom Greaves and Ben Wharton up front and employed Liam MacDevitt, Danny O’Brien and Abs Obasoto in a fluid, interchangeable midfield.

And he was rewarded with Wharton and Obasoto both scoring while Sonny Whittingham netted his first goal for the club.

Welsh is delighted to see his team’s hard work paying off but warned there are others ready to step in if they do not play with the intensity he demands.

“We have made changes to make sure other players are getting game time and also mix it up a little bit,” Welsh told the club website.

“We want to win games and whoever the starting 11 is they need to be at it, play with an intensity and if they are not doing it then they know there are others on their shoulders ready to get their opportunity.

He added: “There is a real togetherness about the squad. We are making sacrifices because we want to be in with a chance of winning this league and getting promoted.

AFC host Holker Old Boys in their first Saturday home game since August and Welsh is hoping the match goes ahead after last weekend’s clash with Ilkley Town was postponed.

He said: “We have a tough game on Saturday and we need all the fans, fingers crossed we don’t get rained off, or snow or frost or whatever!

“We need everybody there. Like they have come down (at Ashton), the noise was excellent, you could see it really drove the players on and we need that on Saturday because, for us, whether it is Holker or anybody else it is the first home game on a Saturday for such a long time.”