NOT many would have expected Rylands to slip up on Saturday.

With bottom side Litherland REMYCA the visitors to Gorsey Lane, the expectation was that second-place Blues would stretch their winning run to eight matches and continue their assault on promotion.

However, they were held to a 1-1 draw but the strugglers after skipper Gary Kenny’s opening goal was cancelled out.

After seeing their streak of victories ended, Blues boss Dave McNabb was critical of his side’s attitude and work ethic.

“I’m disappointed with the performance,” he said.

“I thought it was one of those days where nothing came off for us in terms of our decision-making and that final pass.

“That’s where our quality has been really good over the last few weeks, but I think I’m a little more disappointed with the work ethic and the attitude going into the game.

“That’s not taking anything away from REMYCA, who I thought totally deserved a point.

“The thing is, you’re going to have days like that.

“The minimum I expect from the lads is that they work their backsides off and show passion and determination.

“We did it in spells, but not all the way through.”

Just past the midway point of the first half, Kenny broke the deadlock by rising highest to head home Lewis Buckley’s corner.

Blues had chances to extend their lead before the break, but with conditions in their favour in the second half, REMYCA equalised just five minutes after the restart.

James Law cut inside from the right flank and fizzed an effort beyond goalkeeper Mike Emery.

Despite failing to win, Rylands still narrowed the gap to leaders 1874 Northwich to four points but have played three games more.

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