WARRINGTON Rylands are champions of the Northern Premier League West Division.

They did not make life easy for themselves, as they had to come from behind to secure a nerve-shredding 2-2 draw at home to Bootle.

It meant they needed a favour from elsewhere, and they got one as second-placed Workington dropped points by drawing 1-1 at bottom side Market Drayton Town.

Andy Scarisbrick's equaliser proved decisive after quickfire goals from Tom Peterson and Ben Hodkinson put the Bucks ahead.

Kane Drummond had put Blues in control at the break with his 19th goal of the season.

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Skipper Graeme McCall lifts the trophy. Picture by Mark Percy

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Read sports reporter Matt Turner's verdict on the game here

JOB done.

It was much, much more nervy than Warrington Rylands would have liked for sure, but the “how” is irrelevant.

By hook or by crook, they ended the day with the NPL West Division trophy safely in their hands. Just as they planned.

They owe a huge debt of gratitude to Market Drayton Town – long since relegated – for holding title rivals Workington to a draw. It was a result virtually nobody thought possible and in the end, it was the one that got Rylands over the line.

At half-time, they looked primed to secure their third promotion in four years with a 16th victory in 19 games – the run that has catapulted them into this position.

While not quite at their fluent best, they were comfortably the better side and the lead Kane Drummond gave them was a deserved one.

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Kane Drummond celebrates putting Rylands ahead. Picture by Mark Percy

However, it was almost as if a veil of nerves enveloped a side that had previously taken everything in its stride in the second half.

Bootle were more vibrant and scored two well-worked goals to put the frighteners on the vast majority of the 1,200 people inside Gorsey Lane.

Andy Scarisbrick restored some measure of calm with the equaliser but when David Webb’s volley was tipped superbly onto the bar by visiting keeper Theo Roberts, news of Workington’s equaliser came almost instantaneously.

It meant things were tense – very tense – before the release of news from Staffordshire that their rivals had been held and the party could start.

The club that seemingly has no ceiling has taken another giant step forward.