WARRINGTON Rylands ensured they will head into the Northern Premier League Premier Division play-offs in winning form.

However, their final-day victory over Ilkeston Town was not enough to secure home advantage for their semi-final against Marine on Tuesday night.

Blues struck twice late on to secure victory in what could be their final home game of the campaign, with Mo Touray breaking the deadlock 15 minutes from time just five minutes after coming off the bench.

Ben Hardcastle then sealed the victory in injury time by converting a penalty.

Rylands did their bit, but Marine also did theirs as they won 3-1 at Ashton United to ensure that Tuesday’s play-off tie between the two will be played in Crosby.

The winner will face either Macclesfield or Worksop Town, who will meet at Moss Rose in the other semi, for a place in the National League North.

"I’m really, really pleased," said player/interim co-manager Dean Furman post-match.

"They came into the game in really good form and they were having some fun out there, and sometimes you can get sucked into that mentality.

"For us, we wanted to finish the season strong and make sure we had a chance of getting that home tie.

"It was a professional performance – everyone who needed a rest got one and everyone who needed minutes got them, so I’m really pleased with the outcome and the performance.

"Credit to everyone in there – nobody gave us a chance to be where we are so to get a play-off place, I’m so proud of them."