WARRINGTON Rylands have been knocked out of the position they have occupied for some time, but they have an immediate chance to reclaim it on Saturday.

Blues have been the principle challengers to runaway Northern Premier League Premier Division leaders Radcliffe but found themselves leapfrogged in midweek by their next opponents Worksop Town.

The Tigers’ 5-0 win over Stafford Rangers on Tuesday sent them up to second and they visit Gorsey Lane this weekend for what looks set to be a blockbuster clash between two early promotion contenders.

And while he insists Rylands will pay their in-form visitors “all the respect in the world,” manager Michael Clegg affirmed his men are a force to be reckoned with on home soil.

Worksop arrive in Warrington as the division’s form side having won six of their past seven matches, with Tuesday’s victory being their third in a row with 16 goals scored in the process having thrashed Morpeth Town 7-0 and Atherton Collieries 4-1.

Having watched his own side put a recent blip in form behind them by winning 1-0 at Ilkeston Town last time out, however, Clegg insists Rylands are ready to meet their task head-on.

“We’re going to have to work and we’re going to have to run,” he said.

“It will be another tight game but we’re planning for these types of games.

“We know what threats Worksop have and they are a really good side. I went to their game against Guiseley and they’ve done really well so far.

“They’re on an upward trajectory at the moment, so they’re going to be difficult.

“They will get all the respect in the world from us, but we’re tough to beat at home.”

Saturday’s clash of third versus second gets underway at 3pm.

Meanwhile, Blues' home game against Marske United, which was postponed last week due to a waterlogged Gorsey Lane pitch, has been given the new date of Tuesday, December 5, kick off 7.45pm.