MATCH PREVIEW: Reds head to Rylands

After a brief flirtation with the FA Trophy over the weekend, Reds return to league action with a tough assignment at Warrington Rylands on Tuesday evening (7.45pm).

The two clubs have only met twice but became title rivals during the 2021-22 season when Rylands clinched the NPL West Division championship by a single point.

Two years ago, the clubs met for the first time at Gorsey Lane with Rylands winning by the odd goal of three. Goals from Owen Robinson and Kane Drummond gave them a two-goal advantage and, although Reds dominated the later stages, Steven Rigg’s 70th minute strike was our only response.

The return meeting at Borough Park finished all square, Scott Bakkor heading Rylands in front before Matty Clarke netted a wonder goal to restore parity before an 1,100 crowd.

Meanwhile, Workington’s game at Marine on 28 October will have to be re-scheduled because of their progress in the FA Trophy.

The Warrington outfit, who finished a commendable 10th last season, have started the campaign well and are expected to emerge title contenders this term. They rested five or six regulars for their FA Trophy match last Friday but all will return on Tuesday. Reds were also well below strength for their Trophy defeat to Hyde United but the majority of those that missed Saturday will not be involved in the 3rd v. 6th encounter.

Postcode: WA2 7RZ

Mileage: 136

It’s the first of two challenging away matches with Danny Grainger’s squad back on the road on Saturday for the trip to Matlock.

  • Meanwhile, Workington’s game at Marine on 28 October will have to be re-scheduled because of their progress in the FA Trophy.

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