Warrington Guardian report:


10th April 1999

Formby 1 - 1 Warrington Town

WARRINGTON kept alive their promotion dream despite failing to win on Saturday.  The odds were stacked against them due to being forced to field an outfield player in goal throughout the second half and with the North Western Trains League game coming less than 48 hours after their Second Division Trophy final.  Inspired goalkeeping by home netminder Graham Rumens before the interval, allied with wasteful finishing by Warrington's normally lethal attack, cost them victory.

Damien Whitehead and Paul Berry were denied goals with Terry Nestor later firing against a post.

Unlike Rumens, Town 'keeper Paul Knight, deputising for the suspended Alan Thompson, was not seriously troubled in goal after he sustained a twisted ankle within the opening minute.  He struggled with his injury up to the interval but was then replaced by substitute defender Alan Blair.

Warrington suffered another injury blow when full back Steve Cartledge was led off with a swollen hip immediately following the restart.

Formby failed to put Blair under any real pressure. Blair did well to turn behind a 20 yard drive by Leon Hymas but was beaten in the 57th minute when Mark Wilson headed in from close range.

Fortune was in Town's favour in equalising three minutes later. Formby defender Barry Mason hammered the ball directly against teammate Mathew Smith and over the line.

Town: Knight (Blair 46mins), Callaghan, Cartledge (Anderton 47), Tickle, Edwards, Berry, Nestor, Tague, Holden, Whitehead, McDonald. Sub not used: Shaw