Warrington Rylands manager David McNabb has pinpointed what is required to match City of Liverpool ahead of a grudge match.
Michael Ellison’s side ran out 3-2 winners at Gorsey Lane when the two met earlier in the season but with both sides enduring drastic changes since, there is a lot to play for.
Bragging rights aside, Rylands will be looking to make it their third week at the top but will come up against a resolute side in the Purps.
A professional 2-0 win over Kendal Town helped McNabb’s side extend their impressive winning run despite suffering from injuries and unavailability.
“Professional more than anything. Kendal made things difficult, they had men behind the ball, the pitch wasn’t a surface you could play football on so it was just about getting there and doing the ugly stuff well,” he said speaking to Off The Park.
“To be fair to the lads, they went in there with the right attitude and mentality and got the three points.
“We’re down on numbers, we’ve got five injuries at the minute and Paddy Lacey was unavailable because he was boxing in the evening, so we were struggling with numbers.
“We had a strong squad, a good 14 – not ideal travelling to Kendal – but the lads were professional did the job that we asked of them. Our consistency seems to be better than what it was, hopefully that carries on until the end of the season.
“You can’t take anything for granted, every single team deserves to be in this league. Kendal were resolute, strong, organised and it was a really tough game.
“We played them earlier in the season, they beat us and were the better side on the day, deserved the win.
“We’ve hopefully improved since then, look we know how good a side City of Liverpool can be and the performances against the top teams that’s where they’re at their best, no doubt Ello will have them up for the game and it will be one of the toughest games we’ve got left.
“It’s going to be a different type of game [from Kendal] the organisation and professionalism will be the same but hopefully we can get the ball down and play better.
“First and foremost we’ve got to match them, City of Liverpool will be desperate to pick up another three points and they’re capable of beating us, we need to make sure we match them energy-wise and in desire then hopefully we can get our quality on the ball as well.”