RYLANDS can look forward to another home tie in the first round proper of the FA Vase.

They have been paired with Bootle, with the tie to take place at Gorsey Lane on Saturday, October 12.

For that, they have striker Jay White to thank as his hat-trick helped pull them out of a perilous situation against Doncaster side Rossington Main on Saturday.

With the score at 2-2 after a whirlwind start, Blues had Tom McNamara sent off for a poor tackle – meaning they had to play more than half the match with 10 men.

However, they made it through with a 4-2 victory and manager Dave McNabb believed his side remained the better team despite their disadvantage.

“We didn’t play anywhere near what we’re capable of but going down to 10 men in the first 30 minutes made things difficult,” he said.

“I can’t fault the work rate and application of the lads. They worked so hard for each other and we were still the better side with 10 men.

“The main thing in any cup game is that you’re in the hat for the next round and we achieved that.”

White’s first goal cancelled out an early Jordan Buckman opener for the visitors, with the Blues striker turning his defender inside the area before finishing low.

Andy Scarisbrick then converted a penalty after Ste Wolhulter was brought down in the box, but a stunning free kick from Josh Gelder pulled the Yorkshiremen level before McNamara saw red.

Barely a minute after going down to 10 men, though, White put Rylands back in front on the counter-attack and despite Rossington piling on the pressure after the break, it was the home striker who had the final say.

It is back to North West Counties Premier Division action for Blues this week – they welcome Congleton Town to Gorsey Lane on Saturday, kick off 3pm.

Rylands: Spencer, Davies, Wolhulter, Lownsborough (Freeman), Shaw, Lees, Gerrard, McNamara, White, Moran (Jones), Scarisbrick