ANDY Welsh is refusing to take anything for granted despite Bury AFC being 10 points clear at the top of NWCL First Division North on the back of an 11-game winning run.

With just eight games remaining, AFC are in pole position to achieve their promotion goal but Welsh insists he and his players will never take their eye off the ball.

AFC enjoyed another six-point haul this week thanks to back-to-back home wins - following up Saturday’s 3-0 win against Atherton LR with a 2-1 victory over Ilkley Town on Tuesday.

Welsh’s side have won every league game stretching back to November 16 to move well clear of nearest rivals Golcar United.

But with Bury travelling to AFC Blackpool on Saturday - the last team to take points off them in a 1-1 draw at the Neuven Stadium on November 9 - Welsh is all too aware that his side have to remain focused.

“I am not interested in what anyone else is doing, I am not even looking to next week, I am looking to Blackpool now and we have to prepare right for Blackpool because it is going to be another tough game,” he said. “We have just got to keep pushing and not take our eye off the ball.”

Harry Brazel followed up his hat-trick against Atherton LR on Saturday with another goal against Ilkley, with Lewis Gilboy also on target.

“I love H to bits,” said Welsh. “I always want to try and help him add to his game. It was another really strong performance, in less than seven days he has scored us four goals and won us two games.”

Welsh once again praised the fans, especially for the part they played after Ilkley pulled a late goal back on Tuesday night.

“We needed them for the last five minutes and we could hear them and that is what it is all about,” he said. “It’s not always going to be one of those games where we are two, three goals in front. We needed them in the last five minutes, so massive thanks to them because we needed that.”