Rylands 1
Knutsford 1

RYLANDS extended their unbeaten run to seven games with a late, but deserved, equaliser in an exciting encounter with champions Knutsford at Gorsey Lane.

After a poor start, manager Dave Parr was pleased with his side’s response following the interval.

“There is a strong belief in the group now,” he said.

“We played some excellent football in the second period and perhaps did enough to take all three points.

“It is often said that it is a squad game, but that was appropriate today as the lads who came off the bench affected the game and the result directly.”

Parr was indebted to substitute Craig Smith for helping to maintain Rylands’ run without a defeat; the striker popped up in the 85th minute to cancel out Kingsley Grandison’s first half effort for Reds.

Rylands’ two-week lay-off due to the poor weather seemed to have an adverse effect, at least initially, with Grandison posing a significant threat until he drove home through a packed penalty area to give his side an advantage.

But a revival after the break handed Rylands a chance of redemption, with James Daniels and Lee Dermody squandering chances to level.

Desperation increased as time ticked by, with the Warrington outfit throwing everything at their guests until substitutes Ben Slater and Smith combined to earn their side a point.

They occupy fifth place spot in the table as a reward.

Rylands: Moor, James Sinker (Priest), Duffy, Prescott, Tebb, Richard Sinker, Lowe, Rodger (Slater), Dermody (Smith), Bell, Daniels.