Michael Clegg eyes Warrington Rylands run against former club after Stafford Rangers win

Warrington Rylands manager Michael Clegg celebrates win over Stafford

Warrington Rylands manager Michael Clegg says he is pleased with the response from his side following their defeat to Radcliffe. 

The former Ashton United manager was handed a rare defeat on the opening day. Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley side ran out 4-0 winners in a humbling defeat for the Blues. 

However, Rylands bounced back with an impressive 2-0 win away at Stafford Rangers. 

Former Marine striker Mo Touray netted twice in the second-half to get Clegg’s side off the mark for the campaign. 

Despite the scoreline, the Rylands boss felt the result was frustrating given the performance from his side in the defeat to Radcliffe. 

“We were pretty good against Radcliffe and found ourselves on the back of a 4-0 defeat, which was mega, mega frustrating because we created a hell of a lot of chances so to come away from the game with nothing, let alone a goal was tough to take,” he told Off The Park. 

“We were good in large parts but we needed Tuesday to instil a bit more belief. We controlled it from start to finish, they were lucky to get away with 2-0.

“We can beat anyone on our day, like most in this league, for us, it’s the word consistency. I feel we’ve been very consistent throughout pre-season, there were just a couple of weak moments on the opening day defensively but we were good on the ball, we were good on the attack, we just didn’t get the goals that the game deserved. For us, it’s about more of the same.

“I don’t want there to be any game this year where we sit back, I want to be taking the game to teams in all games because I feel we’ve got the footballers do that.”

Clegg feels with the win over Stafford fresh in their minds, it is the perfect springboard to see them attack this weekend. 

The Rylands boss will return to one of his old stomping grounds as they travel to Atherton Collieries, chasing their second successive win. 

Clegg acknowledges that two straight wins are difficult in the Northern Premier League, but after their triumph in midweek, it sets them up perfectly to chase another three points. 

He added: “At this level, it’s hard to go and win back-to-back games, everyone sees that but it’s what we’ve got to do this year. 

“The draws kill you over the year, if you can get on the other side of those tight games and back them up with wins, could have a good season. 

“You’ve got to go to Atherton looking to get three points, we’ll certainly be looking to take the game to them, we’ll deal with whatever they throw at us but it’s a tough place to go.

“They have a good crowd, play to the strengths but no one knows it more than me, after an away win midweek, any game you follow it with, you look to get three points.”

[Featured image: Warrington Rylands – Mark Percy]

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