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Saturday off for Rylands after midweek win

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by Garry Clarke

RYLANDS FC were left kicking their heels today (Saturday) when their scheduled NWCFL Premier Division game against Litherland REMYCA was postponed due to a frozen Gorsey Lane pitch.

Rylands had narrowed the gap between themselves and the top of the table on Tuesday night with an impressive 2-1 home victory which enabled them to leap frog opponents Whitchurch Alport into 6th place.

A delighted Blues manager Dave McNabb said after the game “Unbelievable result tonight against a good, well organised and stubborn Whitchurch side we dominated the game from the first whistle and the lads never stopped searching for that all important second goal”.

David Howarth had given the visitors the lead in the 17th minute; however it was an advantage they did not hold for long as Lewis Buckley leveled five minutes later.

Despite creating numerous chances the winner did not come until the 73rd minute when an attempted Alport clearance fell to Jay White, the striker laying his first game for nine weeks wrong footed the keeper to drive the ball low into the net.

As the season fast approaches the mid-way stage, McNabb has freshened up his first team squad ahead of a packed December schedule that will see the team play eight games in twenty-five days.

Joining the Gorsey Lane crusade are forwards Lewis Buckley, signed from Widnes and Liam O’Neill from Padiham, while defenders Louis Coyne, also from Widnes, and Chris Cottingham from FC St Helens have joined the Blues.

Moving on from Rylands are Alex Davies who has joined Skelmersdale United, George Lomax who has signed for Burscough and Dom Murphy who has signed for Cammell Laird 1907.

Rylands first game in December is on Tuesday when they welcome fellow high flyers Irlam to Gorsey Lane for a Premier Division game, kick off 7.45pm, while next Saturday they host league leaders 1874 Northwich in the third round of the Macron League Challenge Cup, of which Northwich are the holders, kick off 3pm.

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