IT appears as though someone may be smiling on Rylands’ promotion push.

Lady Luck deserted them in some ways, given the number of times Whitchurch Alport keeper Jack Atkinson repelled them, but their two goals had more than an element of fortune.

Andy Scarisbrick provided both from corners – the first being turned into his own net by home defender Darren Campion while the second went straight in via Atkinson’s head on the hour mark.

Still, at this stage and in their current position, Blues will take goals and points however they come.

“I don’t think we were at our best today on the ball, but the lads worked hard for each other and looked comfortable throughout,” manager Dave McNabb said.

“There were a few top performances today. I thought, for the second week running that Gary Kenny was the best player on the pitch.

“I don’t think the wind spoiled it as such. It made things more difficult but ultimately, we did what we needed to do to win the game.”

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Andy Scarisbrick is congratulated following Rylands' opener. Pictures by Mark Percy

After Campion had inadvertently given them the perfect start just five minutes in, Rylands set about trying to add to their lead.

They rode their luck a little when Jud Ellis struck the crossbar for the hosts, but they opened up the Whitchurch defence on several occasions.

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Kane Drummond is denied. Picture by Mark Percy

Atkinson made some crucial saves to keep his side in it but when he helped another Scarisbrick corner into the net, the writing was on the wall.

Blues’ unbeaten run now stands at nine matches and they remain firmly on course for promotion.

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Andy Scarisbrick's corner finds the net. Picture by Mark Percy

They sit second in the North West Counties League Premier Division with a seven-point cushion keeping them safely ensconced inside the automatic promotion spots.

Mid-table Congleton Town are their hosts on Saturday, but McNabb is taking nothing for granted.

“Congleton are a very good side with some standout players,” he said.

“It’s going to be another very difficult game but one we’re looking forward to.”