THERE is something a little bit special about this Warrington Town side.

Whether their promotion dream continues or ends after Saturday’s play-off final, 2018-19 will be a season they can look back upon with pride.

This group have taken their fans on an unbelievable ride and Tuesday’s play-off semi-final typified what they are about as a team.

Sure, they may have trailed at the break, but they stuck to their processes, kept the faith and were eventually rewarded on a memorable night at Cantilever Park.

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Fans spill onto the pitch after the final whistle on Tuesday. Picture by John Hopkins

It is an evening that will be remembered for years however this season finishes and while celebrations were wild in the stands, they were brief in the dressing room.

What this group knows better than anything is that there is still a job to do. The second of the three steps they must take to the promised land is arguably the toughest.

A trip to South Shields is an unenviable task for any team at this level – Mariners Park is a fortress that has proven almost impenetrable over the past few years.

They are backed by a large and passionate home support and that has proven to be key in their rise through the leagues.

On the field, their side is filled with players who are technically proficient, with their formation and patient passing game pretty much unique at this level.

Not even the most optimistic of Yellows followers will expect them to go out and dominate from the off. The likelihood is that, for periods of Saturday’s game, they are going to have to suffer.

However, that will not faze them. They know the drill – they have done it before.

Back in February, they travelled to Tyneside and showed a complete disregard for Shields’ unbeaten home record to take a 2-0 lead.

The hosts pulled one back, but Yellows saw the job through in a sensational display of backs-to-the-wall defending akin to The Alamo. They remain the only side to have beaten the Mariners at home this season.

When you add a 3-0 victory at Cantilever Park in September to the mix, it makes Town the only side to have taken six points off South Shields.

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Bohan Dixon scores in Yellows' 3-0 win over South Shields in September. Picture by John Hopkins

Both were special efforts and it may well take another one in order to send their fans home happy on Saturday, but they are more than equipped to do so.

Either way, the town should be proud of this group of players. They have represented Warrington with distinction.

The Warrington Guardian will be providing live coverage of Saturday's game.

Sports reporter Matt Turner will be at Mariner's Park and his live blog - featuring build-up, match action and post-match reaction from the Yellows camp - will be live from around 2pm.