Heywood face a challenging weekend as they aim to keep up the pressure on league leaders Walsden this weekend.
They go into the weekend’s fixtures at Crompton and at home to Radcliffe eight points behind the league leaders, who themselves face a trip to Royton on Saturday then a huge clash at home to Norden on Sunday.
Heywood enjoy their trips to Glebe Street – one of the most scenic and improved grounds in the league – but Cross knows that they will be fighting hard to stay in the top eight ahead of the league splitting into two divisions.
As for Radcliffe, despite Heywood rolling them for 57 at the Racecourse Ground last month, Cross insists they are a major threat – and also believes they can play a big role in deciding the destination of the title.
Cross said: “Crompton are always a difficult challenge, although we always enjoy going up to Glebe Street and hope that we can continue our good recent record there.
“The advantage of the split into two divisions will start to become apparent now as well with the sides in the bottom half having plenty to play for. We certainly won’t be taking the game lightly.
“I don’t think we will pay much attention to the result at Radcliffe, the wicket was very difficult to negotiate and hopefully it won’t be as tough at Crimble but we know they pose a serious threat on their day and again they are fighting for a top eight spot.
“We know that Cheetham and Burns together have formed a very effective attack and it is interesting that they play Walsden twice in the run in as well.
“They will have a big say in deciding the title.”
FIXTURES – Saturday 25 August: Crompton v Heywood; Milnrow v Werneth; Monton & Weaste v Littleborough; Norden v Clifton; Radcliffe v Oldham;
Rochdale v Ashton; Royton v Walsden; Unsworth v Middleton.
Sunday 26 August: Ashton v Monton & Weaste; Clifton v Royton; Heywood v Radcliffe; Littleborough v Rochdale; Middleton v Milnrow; Oldham v Crompton; Walsden v Norden; Werneth v Unsworth
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