WARRINGTON Rylands progressed to the next round of the Liverpool FA Senior Cup on Tuesday night.

Two first-half goals was enough to see off lower-ranked Litherland REMYCA at Gorsey Lane, with Chinedu Uche and Adamah Sidibeh on the scoresheet.

Ollie Broe pulled a goal back for the visitors to set up a grandstand finish, but Blues held on to book their place in the next round.

Assistant manager Nicky Hunt was pleased to see several players on the fringes of the first team shine, including debutant goalkeeper Lloyd Akiotu, who stepped up from the under 17s team to make his senior bow.

He was also delighted to see a goalscoring return for Uche, who has not featured for the first team since August but was one of the players to perhaps put himself in manager Michael Clegg’s thoughts for Saturday’s league game against Basford United.

“No matter how many leagues below us they are, we always knew it was going to be a tough game as it’s like their cup final,” Hunt said.

“I thought we started the game quite well – we had a bit of a game plan to get in behind them early and put them on the back foot, but it’s hard to break a team down when they put 10 men behind the ball.

“They made it difficult for us, but it’s a 2-1 win and we’re into the next round.

“I thought Che was excellent tonight from start to finish and he topped it off with a great goal.

“We’ve got a really good squad and certain players need to get 90 minutes when they can.

“It’s a tough one for the gaffer to pick from – he’ll have a headache for Saturday now after back-to-back wins.”

Rylands play their third home game of the week on Saturday as they welcome the struggling Nottinghamshire side looking with the aim of keeping pace with NPL Premier Division leaders Radcliffe.

Basford have lost eight of their nine league away games this season and sit in the relegation places, but Hunt insists Blues will not take their visitors lightly.

While he expects a refreshed side to provide their opposition at the weekend, Clegg’s number two is confident of another victory if his squad plays to its potential.

“The league table doesn’t lie but I’m sure they will be bringing in more players this week,” he said.

“They had a heavy defeat on Saturday, but we know there’s no easy games in this league.

“As we do every week, we’ll go out there with our game plan and not worry too much about the opposition, to be brutally honest.

“We know how good we can be on any given day – we’ll give Basford the respect they deserve but if we play the way we did in the second half against Worksop, we should win the game.”