Sam Wilson ‘proud’ after Warrington Rylands triumph over Marine

Warrington Rylands manager Sam Wilson.

Sam Wilson praised Warrington Rylands’ performance as they beat playoff rivals Marine 2-0.

DJ Pedro doubled the Blues lead in the second-half after Mo Touray slid the ball home to open the scoring in the first-half.

Rylands’ win moved them eight points clear in the Northern Premier League playoffs with four games to go. For Wilson and joint-interim manager Dean Furman, the triumph over the Mariners made it six games without a defeat.

Rylands are now the form-team in the division in the last six – winning five – as they head into the final four games of the season. The win over Marine marked a perfect weekend in a gruelling schedule, after beating Morpeth Town 3-1 on Saturday.

Wilson told Off The Park: “People will look to the fact it was Marine, our playoff rivals, and there’s a bit more incentive to it but that’s not how we approached it. We looked at it like another big game, as are the remaining four, it’s been a fantastic weekend for us to get maximum points within 48 hours is a great achievement at any stage of the season. Four games to go and we’re focused on them.

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“They’re a really defining moment in the season, the first Bank Holiday is a good benchmark to see where you are. This weekend, a lot of teams will figure out what their possibilities are in their remaining games so it was an important one for us, thankfully we got maximum points.

“They flashed one across the box in the second-half and they couldn’t get a toe on the end of it, that worked in our favour and hit the post at the end. They’re a really good side and we’ve done a fantastic job in keeping them away from our box, credit to DJ and Mo because they didn’t have too many chances but that’s a sign of fantastic attacking players that, on limited chances, are clinical when they get them.”

Wilson, who was a centre-back before stepping into the dugout, would’ve undoubtedly been impressed with his side’s clean sheet and defensive display. But, he expressed pride in the performance, he added: “More so (delighted) with the two goals so that just sums me up.

“I thought they were all outstanding without singling out any individuals, we knew the lads had to stand up to the task and Marine would ask questions. I’m so proud of the lads.

“Not many teams will stop them scoring this season so that’s a huge achievement in the fact that we did, one goal could’ve changed the balance of play, they’ve got enough attacking threat to do that so it was crucial that we defended that well.”

[Featured image: Warrington Rylands – Mark Percy]

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