BRADFORD (Park Avenue) manager Mark Bower says he is not getting carried away with his side's good start to the season, as they face one of their biggest challenges this weekend.

His side are fourth in a competitive Vanarama National League North following three wins from their opening four games.

Bower says the early league table is merely a form guide, as sides settle into the new campaign.

Tomorrow PA host many bookies' pre-season title favourites, Stockport County, at Horsfall Stadium, with Bower expecting a bumper away following and a tough test.

He said: "We just need to get points on the board. We just need to stay away from the bottom end really.

"I'm quite pleased with where we are, nine points out of the first 12 for us.

"Some clubs have had easier fixtures than others so, after 10 or 12 games, it evens itself out. At that stage we will have a good idea of who will be challenging and who will be struggling.

"The lads are realistic. If we have a bad run at some stage of the season, we will hope to get out of it as quickly as we can.

"We will be making sure that nobody gets carried away whatsoever. We have had three wins, but it has been tight in all of them.

"There are fine margins in this league. You finish where you deserve to."

Bower agreed that it is an extremely competitive division this season, adding their weekend opponents are one of the biggest threats.

He added: "Stockport are the title favourites, but so are Chester and they had a bad result at Blyth last weekend when they lost 8-1.

"Stockport will be tough tomorrow. They will bring a few fans and it will be a great occasion for my players to play in. It will be a great atmosphere.

"Teams like Stockport and York will be threats this season. They are experienced at this level. If you finish around them, you will have done well this year.

"Other teams are too, Spennymoor have spent a lot of money. Kidderminster and Brackley will be right up there. It is wide open."