A WAVE of momentum is carrying Warrington Rylands closer to Wembley Stadium.

For now, though, it remains a barely visible speckle on the horizon as their FA Vase journey continues this weekend.

Following a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Jarrow, Blues travel to fellow North West Counties League Premier Division side Longridge Town in the third round proper on Saturday, kick off 3pm.

Victory would mean the current vintage reaches the last 32 of the competition – equalling the club’s best ever Vase performance in the 1983/84 campaign – and the final would be just four wins away.

In Longridge, though, they face another side desperate to escape Step Five via promotion and one manager Dave McNabb admits taught his side “a real lesson” in their only meeting last season, which ended 4-1 in the Lancashire outfit’s favour.

They have pedigree in the Vase too having reached the last 16 of last season’s competition.

“It’s a little bit too early to start talking about going all the way,” McNabb affirmed.

“Longridge are arguably one of the toughest teams in the competition and had a really good run last year.

“All we can focus on is trying to get past them as it’s one of the toughest draws we could have had.

“It’s a game you can’t call.

“We played them away last season and to be honest, we were taught a real lesson. They were exceptional on the day.

“We didn’t play them at home because the season was curtailed.

“They are a very good passing side so we will see what happens.”