Alport boss Luke Goddard wants to use a new points record for the Yockings Park club as a way of showing progress.

The Reds are on track for 87 points if they win a minimum five of their remaining nine games.

Whitchurch finished on 85 points in their agonising near-miss on promotion last year and finished bottom of the table the season before, but Goddard wants to mark the progression with the total.

"I would like to beat last year's record for points as that to me is a progression compared to last year, where we go 85 points," he said.

"We need five more wins for 87 points; that's a target and if it means we finish fourth doing it, then so be it.

"I want to beat last year's target and that will show the progression we're making. I want get better year-by-year, so I won't be resting players for the sake of it."

However, Goddard insists he won't be using the opportunity of a guaranteed play-off spot to rest players as he wants to ensure the Reds have the best possible chance of a home semi-final and final come next month.

He added: "There would be a temptation for us to rest our higher performing players for the run-in to be ready for the play-offs. But we're competing against Prestwich Heys to finish third. I can't see them dropping many points even though they've got some tough games.

"We've got to play them ourselves. I don't want to just throw the kids in, as such, because we're probably going to finish a minimum fourth because while we have the potential of a home semi-final, if Prestwich beat sixth place, then the final would be at their place."