THE draws for the FA Cup could not have been much tougher on Warrington Rylands 1906, manager Dave McNabb says.

They passed their first test with flying colours – thrashing last season’s North West Counties League Premier Division champions-elect 1874 Northwich 6-1 in the extra preliminary round – to ensure their first ever win in the competition.

Now, they face a preliminary round tie against Clitheroe, who ply their trade a division higher in the Northern Premier League North West Division, at Gorsey Lane on Saturday, kick off 3pm.

It will be the first FA Cup game the ground has ever hosted and it will be played in front of a sold-out crowd of 300 – the maximum allowed by coronavirus guidelines.

With confidence high following their thrashing of a team likely to be promotion rivals when the league season rolls around next month, Blues will be hoping to unleash the same kind of high-energy chaos on their higher-ranked visitors.

McNabb, however, is under no illusions as to what his side are up against.

“They’re not just a Step Four side,” he said.

“Looking at some of the players they have brought in, they are a Step Four side with a lot of ambition.

“I know they were watching the 1874 game, so we’ve got a lot to live up to after that performance.

“Any game you get in the FA Cup is a big challenge.

“We couldn’t have had a much tougher draw in the last round and it’s probably the same for this one, too.

“Clitheroe are a fantastic side and as a club, they have a lot of history.

“They are coming to our turf, though, and we’re aiming to cause another little upset.”