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Warrington Town
Full time
D Vassallo (77', 86')
Tue 26 Feb 19:45 - The Evo-Stik League - Premier Division Attendance 379

Defensive errors cost Reds dear


This performance deserved a better outcome against the league leaders ...

... but matching them for seventy five minutes counts for nothing if old habits return in the closing stages of the game.

Two defensive howlers again proved costly as Town’s patience was rewarded with goals after 77 and 86 minutes.

Until then, Reds gave a good account of themselves but the relegation form they have produced on home soil for the past fourteen months, is bringing the prospect of Evo-Stik West football ever closer.

Borough Park is not a place for home comforts with Reds’ last twenty three league games the scene of just six victories and fifteen defeats. How do you change that losing mentality in the seven remaining matches?

Reds and Town do have one thing in common, with both having collected more points on the road than they have at home. There the similarity ends.
Yet the concern for over an hour in this contest belonged to the loyal band of Warrington supporters.

Reds huffed and puffed, created and missed chances but were solid at the back and a goalless draw, at least, looked a strong possibility.

Their first half opportunities saw Brad Carroll’s header, via a Conor Tinnion assist, comfortably saved by Tony McMillan while Josh Calvert found himself in acres of space but he failed to connect properly with the ball and a good chance was spurned.

Calvert almost scored a spectacular goal at the other end but Aaran Taylor saved his blushes by keeping out what would have been a classic own-goal with a brilliant reflex stop.

Town’s only other effort of note was Bohan Dixon’s side-footer which missed the target by inches.

Reds maintained a good tempo after the restart but luck was against them with three decent attempts at goal. Dav Symington’s free kick would certainly have tested McMillan but pole-axed Jason Walker instead, Carroll’s looping shot hit the crossbar and a goal-bound Calvert header was deflected over the bar by Ben Garrity.

Josh Amis should have given Town the lead when they countered quickly but Taylor and Calvert did enough to deny the powerful front man.

But Reds weren’t so defensively assured in the seventy seventh-minute. Carroll and Matty Douglas failed to win the ball which was worked out to Dylan Vassallo and the Town substitutes fired a well struck low shot past Taylor and into the net.

That deflated the hosts immediately, punished by Town’s first shot on target in the second half.

Vassallo’s wonderful left foot compounded the damage four minutes from time when he scored direct from a corner with no defender near the far post area.

Niall Cowperthwaite had a late chance to grab a consolation goal but his free-kick cleared the bar and Town celebrated a league double.

Workington Taylor, Douglas, Rowntree, Calvert, Smith, Carroll, Holt, Cowperthwaite, Walker, Joel (Thompson, 82), Tinnion (Symington, 36). Substitutes – Brotherston, Maguire, Harker (not used).

Warrington Town McMillan, Duggan (Evans, 73), Whittle, Beeley, Roberts, Raven, Mackreth (McCarthy, 67), Garrity, Gray (Vassallo, 46), Amis, Dixon. Substitutes – Benjamin, Hughes (not used).

Referee Chris Porter, Preston

Bookings: Dixon, Whittle (Warrington Town)

Crowd 379

Gari Rowntree

Player of the Match

Gari Rowntree

Key moments

Goal Dylan Vassallo scores for Warrington Town
Goal Dylan Vassallo scores for Warrington Town


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90:00 +4:00 Player of the Match
Gari Rowntree is awarded player of the match for Workington
86:00 Goal 0 - 2
Dylan Vassallo scores for Warrington Town
81:00 Sub On
Garry Thompson is substituted on for Workington
81:00 Sub Off
Samuel Joel is substituted off for Workington
77:00 Goal 0 - 1
Dylan Vassallo scores for Warrington Town
71:00 Sub Off
Mitchell Duggan is substituted off for Warrington Town
71:00 Sub On
Robert Evans is substituted on for Warrington Town
66:00 Sub On
Connor McCarthy is substituted on for Warrington Town
66:00 Sub Off
Jack Mackreth is substituted off for Warrington Town
48:00 Yellow Card
Alex Whittle is yellow carded for Warrington Town
46:00 Sub On
Dylan Vassallo is substituted on for Warrington Town
46:00 Sub Off
Tony Gray is substituted off for Warrington Town
End of period 1
44:00 Yellow Card
Bohan Dixon is yellow carded for Warrington Town
37:00 Sub On
David Symington is substituted on for Workington
37:00 Sub Off
Conor Tinnion is substituted off for Workington
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Workington
  • Warrington Town
  • 0
  • David Symington Sub On 37:00'
  • Conor Tinnion Sub Off 37:00'
  • Bohan Dixon Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Dylan Vassallo Sub On 46:00'
  • Tony Gray Sub Off 46:00'
  • Alex Whittle Yellow Card 48:00'
  • Connor McCarthy Sub On 66:00'
  • Jack Mackreth Sub Off 66:00'
  • Robert Evans Sub On 71:00'
  • Mitchell Duggan Sub Off 71:00'
  • Dylan Vassallo Goal 77:00'
  • Garry Thompson Sub On 81:00'
  • Samuel Joel Sub Off 81:00'
  • Dylan Vassallo Goal 86:00'

Team selection

Warrington Town
  • 1. Anthony McMillan
  • 2. Mitchell Duggan
  • 3. Alex Whittle
  • 4. Shaun Beeley
  • 5. Mark Roberts
  • 6. David Raven
  • 7. Jack Mackreth
  • 8. Ben Garrity
  • 9. Tony Gray
  • 10. Josh Amis
  • 11. Bohan Dixon
  • 12. Russell Benjamin
  • 14. Robert Evans
  • 15. Adam Hughes
  • 16. Connor McCarthy
  • 17. Dylan Vassallo

League round up

Other Premier Division results

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# Team Pl Pts
16. Bamber Bridge 40 42
17. Stalybridge Celtic 40 42
18. Grantham Town 40 42
19. Mickleover Sports 40 41
20. Marine 40 40
21. Workington 40 29
22. North Ferriby United 0 0

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