LEE Duckworth has resolved for Winsford United to be more consistent during the season’s second-half.

Blues sit eighth in the North West Counties League’s top-flight, and are on course to finish higher in the Premier Division table than last term.

They have struggled to gather momentum in recent weeks, following defeat at Widnes with a draw at Squires Gate.

A trio of postponements since their most recent victory hasn’t helped.

“We’ll be looking to string together results one after the other,” said Duckworth.

“I guess every manager will tell you that, and it’s not an easy thing to do in such a competitive division.

“We’ve probably been guilty of naivety at times in the past and it’s cost us.

“That’s why we’ve brought in experienced guys like Michael Thomas and Sean Sherwood; they’re a bit more streetwise, and that’s something we felt that we needed.”

Winsford face a testing start to a New Year when Runcorn Linnets visit St Luke’s Barton Stadium on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

The table-toppers have won each of their past six games, a sequence that has seen them establish a five-point lead over Runcorn Town.

They have not lost to Blues in Winsford since 2011 either.

Duckworth added: “I’ve said it before, but games against the top sides tend to bring the best out of us.

“You only need to look at our wins against Ashton and Runcorn [Town] last month for proof that we’re capable of beating the best teams.”