DESPITE having a below-par start to the Northern West Counties First Division North campaign, Campion’s manager, Lee Ashforth, still has high hopes for his side.

The Bradford side have so for played four league fixtures, however, they have only won one of those-a 3-1 victory at home to Cleator Moor on August 18, while losing three and they currently find themselves 16th in the league standings.

The start may not have been what Campion had hoped for, but looking ahead to this weekend’s double-header against Altherton and Steeton, Ashforth has every confidence that his side can push on and even challenge for the title.

He said: “Going into this weekend’s double header and into any fixture for that matter, we’ve got to go into them with the mindset that we can pick up three points.

“So far, we’ve only got three points from four games and I’m a big believer that you need to average two points per game over the course of the season.

“It doesn’t matter how you get them or who you get them against but that’s what you’ve got to aim for. If you get two points per games, then you’re going to be in the top five come the end of the season.

“So, of course we want to take all six points from this weekend but at the moment we are behind from where we need to be.

“My mindset since joining Campion has always been to try and win the league and that isn’t me putting pressure on the players or myself.

“I want to win every game of football we play in and this season is no different. We will push to the very end to win that league title.”

With the league restructures taking place, it has presented the opportunity for more local derbies to take place across non-league football with Campion and Steeton preparing to lock horns on Monday evening at Marley Stadium.

And Campion’s boss is delighted with the prospect of renewing a rivalry with Steeton.

He said :”That was one of the plusses with coming into this league via the restructure, that derbies are more frequent. Derbies are great to play in and they’re great for the fans. You look forward to them games so it’s great that we have this opportunity.”