MICHAEL Clegg says the team spirit among his Warrington Rylands players is “through the roof” as they prepare for their next FA Cup assignment.

Tomorrow sees them travel to Northern Premier League rivals FC United of Manchester in the second qualifying round with the aim of stretching their unbeaten run to eight matches in all competitions.

It is an enticing encounter between an FC United side who have won all five of their home matches this season and Rylands, who are unbeaten in four away from Gorsey Lane during this campaign.

And to help boost their bid to take a step closer to the main draw, Clegg is hopeful of having a handful of players back in contention following injuries.

“We’re delighted – momentum is building and our team spirit is through the roof,” he said.

“We’ve had to ride a little storm with injuries and we’ve been down to bare bones – we had Ben Hough and Matt Regan on the bench but they weren’t available.

“Hopefully next week we’ll have Edy (Maieco) back, Scott Bakkor back and Che (Chinedu Uche) back.

“Joe Piggott will hopefully be back, but if not he’ll be the week after.”

Blues’ burgeoning momentum took another step forward on Saturday as they won 3-1 away at Whitby Town to move up to third in the NPL Premier Division table.

Mo Touray was the hero in North Yorkshire as he scored twice and set up a third goal for James Baillie to secure another impressive win.

Touray is Rylands’ leading scorer this season with four goals in his eight appearances, but Clegg knows there is still plenty of potential to unlock within the frontman.

“There’s still a lot more to come from Mo,” he said.

“We think the world of him here and that’s why he’s playing week in, week out.

“The start to the season has been a little bit slow from him in terms of performances but we expect so much from him that he kind of becomes his own worst enemy.

“He came in at the back end of last season and was unbelievable and his performances have been good since then, but we know he can go to another level.

“When Mo plays well, Rylands play well.”

Should Saturday’s FA Cup tie finish all square, a replay will be played at Gorsey Lane on Tuesday, September 19.