CAN Rylands FC start to dream of back-to-back promotions?

If current form is anything to go by, it appears a pretty distinct possibility that they will pass straight through the North West Counties League Premier Division – just as they did with Division One South last season.

No team – not even leaders 1874 Northwich – are in better form than Blues currently as their winning run currently stands at six matches.

They occupy the last of three promotion spots by a cushion of three points, with games in hand on most of the teams below them.

Improving Skelmersdale United are the visitors to Gorsey Lane on Saturday, kick off 3pm, just 10 days after Blues won a hard-fought reverse fixture 3-2.

Ahead of the game, McNabb has stressed the importance of not taking their eye off the ball to his young squad.

“The focus has to be on Skelmersdale on Saturday,” he said.

“We’ve got a really young side here, some of them have good experiences and some don’t so we can’t afford to start looking too far ahead.

“We did that at the start of the season after such a strong start and we got brought back down to earth with four straight defeats.

“The league is so tough and so hard that we can’t afford to be thinking about games that haven’t even happened yet.”

In theory, the biggest test of Blues’ unbeaten run came on Saturday when they travelled to second-place Bootle.

They passed with flying colours as Kane Drummond’s hat-trick secured a dominant 3-0 win.

The two sides are now level on points and goal difference, so only goals scored keeps Blues behind their Liverpool-based opponents in their pursuit of Cheshire rivals 1874, who are seven points further ahead.

Saturday’s opponents Skelmersdale have moved away from relegation danger of late and McNabb is under no illusions about how tough the game will be for his side, especially given what happened when they last met.

“We were lucky to come away with all three points last Tuesday night,” he said.

“They gave us a hell of a game so we know we have a battle.

“It’s going to be very tough to beat them but if we play like we did on Saturday, we can beat Bootle, Skem and anyone else in the league.”