ILKLEY Town manager Simon Armstrong still believes his side has what it takes to catch West Yorkshire Premier Division toppers Beeston St Anthony.

Town, who took the only point dropped by Beeston this season, sit second, 12 points off the league leaders.

Although, Ilkley are up against Liverpool-like dominance, they have won five out of their last six to consolidate a place in the top five, which will allow them to apply for Step 6 football next term.

Armstrong's team are also the highest scorers in the league, netting 51 goals in 15 games, eight more than St Anthony.

Their last defeat came at Horbury Town back in September, their visitors this Saturday.

The Wakefield-based team have also had a great run of late, capturing a few cup victories while gaining maximum points in their last three league games.

With the difference between the two sides only being four points, it is a must win game for Ilkley, who are fresh from a close 1-0 win over mid-table Whitkirk Wanderers.

Armstrong thinks his team are not out of the title race yet and wants them to keep battling to maintain a place among the application places.

He said: "It is in their (Beeston) hands, they have been very consistent.

"All it takes is one or two slips though and we need to be there to capitalise on that.

"Field in third and Horbury just behind them will want to do the same so we must keep going

"We have had a strong first half to the season and I am delighted to be in second.

"Although there is still hard work to be done to sustain our start in the second half.

"Horbury are in good form and they have already beat us this season.

"It was be a tough game against an organised and strong side."

Speaking on that win at Wanderers last week, Armstrong added: "We struggled with their direct play and were lucky to be up at the break.

"In the second half, both teams were limited in their chances but we competed well to see out the result."