When the Bluebirds came up from the Conference North the year before last the big question was whether they could survive. Last term was tricky but ultimately successful on that front. This time they are looking stronger, though getting into the top half of the table and eventually competing for promotion back to the League will be a big challenge. Another year of stability, augmented by a good cup run, would be a solid achievement for the boys from Holker Street -- which is a dire ground to get to by public transport when you live where I do. But I hope to make it again one day.