FOLLOWING midweek's (Wednesday) thrilling 3-1 victory away at Albion Sports, Thackley will be hoping to build on their four game unbeaten run at the weekend (today).

The Bradford side face Handsworth in the league, and a victory could keep them in fifth in the league table, if results go their way.

And Thackley manager Patrick McGuire is hopeful his side can continue on their eye-catching run of form.

He said: "I'd like to say I'm confident going into this weekend's fixture but that's not always the case with my side.

"We can be our own worst enemy sometimes, but if we apply ourselves well and do the things that we are good at, then I'm confident that we will beat everyone we come up against.

"The games that we have lost have been due to our downfalls, whether it's through our lack of application and that has come when we have got comfortable after a couple of wins.

"But we know that if we are on it, we will be a match for anybody, but if we drop our levels by half, we can get beaten comfortably.

"We've been on a great run of form, which I obviously hope will continue but it will be no easy task."

McGuire added: "We need to keep picking up results, especially because a couple of teams have games in hand on us and I'd rather have the points on the board.

"It's healthy to be up there at the right end of the table and a win this Saturday would do us no harm in chasing the front runners down.

"It will be a tough game as it always is against Handsworth. I don't think we have a particularly good record against them either.

"I know at the minute they appear to be a bit lower in the league table, but they've only played nine games, meaning we certainly aren't fooled by that positioning.

"They had a good run in the FA Cup, so they're certainly a team which can cause a lot of problems.

"Their manager has said previously that he expects them to finish in the top three, so it's a good opportunity for us to keep a bit of distance between us and them.

"If we don't, then they'll be right on our tails, with games in hand.

"But the league is so tight at the minute from 17th up to 2nd, and two good results or two bad results could have you pushing up or slipping down the table.

"We are well aware of that, it has happened to us. We were sixteenth earlier on in the season, but this run that we've managed to get ourselves on has brought us up to fifth.

"So we must not be complacent."

McGuire added: "They do have a goal of finishing in the top three, so it would be nice to put a stamp on the league with a good performance, but we must take each game as it comes."

There is another exciting game for a Bradford side in this division today, as second placed Eccleshill United host current leaders Grimsby Borough.