THEY have gone from being the hunters to the hunted, but Knutsford FC manager Scott Dignan says that suits his side just fine.

After every Cheshire League Premier Division game was postponed due to last weekend’s wintry weather, Reds remain in pole position to regain the title they lost last season.

They lead defending champions Whaley Bridge by six points having played a game more than their rivals.

However, Dignan is happy with how his side are shaping up and is not concerned by the mounting fixture pile-up.

“We’re in a better position now than we were last year with the postponements,” he said.

“Last year, we were chasing Whaley Bridge with games in hand but now it’s the other way round.

“They’re still in cups and things like that, so they have other things to concentrate on.

“We have a lot of home games left, whereas they played at home a lot earlier in the season. Hopefully, that will be a big factor as well.

“Playing one and having a couple called off has been the story of our last few weeks and it is frustrating.

“The squad looks decent though, and we’re in good shape.”

Dignan’s side were beaten 5-1 at home by their title rivals on February 17, but bounced back impressively with a 3-2 win over third-placed Wythenshawe Town the following week.

The Knutsford boss says his squad have tried not to “over-analyse” the Whaley Bridge defeat.

“I’d have taken a hammering from them if it meant we still won the title last year, and that hasn’t changed,” he said.

“We beat Whaley 6-0 in the first game of the season and then 6-0 again at home, but they still went on to win the league.

“I still wouldn’t have swapped players with them last year, but nobody remembers us beating them 6-0 twice.

“They remember who won the league and that was Whaley Bridge.

“We had a big blip against them. It was just one of those days where everybody was bad.

“We’ve tried not to over-analyse it, we just told the lads to put it behind us quickly, which we did by beating Wythenshawe.”

Weather permitting, Reds return to action on Saturday when they welcome Poynton to Manchester Road, kick off 2pm.

Given the position they find themselves in, Dignan says his players have to be wary of teams wanting to knock them off their perch.

“I don’t take any team lightly in this league because we have always been the best side and everyone raises their game to play us,” he said.

“It’s like playing Manchester United in the Premier League, everyone wants to put a performance in against them.

“I’ve learned to live with that and we have to deal with it.”