Match Report

30th August 1999 - Warrington Town 2 - 0 Castleton Gabriels

Town's Mixed Weekend (part 2)
From the online version of the Warrington Guardian

Warrington Town 2 - 0 Castleton Gabriels

WARRINGTON conquered Castleton 8-0 in their previous North Western Trains League meeting in March but were prevented from inflicting a similar drubbing on Monday due to an heroic performance by goalkeeper John Ogden.

He pulled off a series of breathtaking saves, most notably when turning behind two fierce drives by Jed Bushell, smothering at full stretch a 25-yard shot lashed in by Lee Holden and also frustrated Steve Smith with two further top grade stoppages following venomous shots by the midfielder.

Warrington, bolstered by the return of defensive lynchpin Mike Tandy but without the suspended midfield supremo Terry Nestor and leading striker Kevin Tyrrell, had strode into a 2-0 lead inside the first 22 minutes. A bizarre goal by Gavin McDonald opened the scoring. An apparently innocuous lofted pass by the winger took a pronounced bounce in front of Ogden, who under pressure by Jed Bushell, saw it propel over his upstretched arms and into the net.

Tandy then emphasised his value to the side when he raced upfield to backhead in from close range a cross by Robbie Preidt amid a crowded goalmouth. Striker Kevin Dack, involved in his third spell at Cantilever Park and the sixth player to move to Warrington from Tetley Walker since the end of last season, made his first appearance since his return when he came on as substitute in the closing minutes.

Town: McCormack, Smith, Ashton, Callaghan, Tandy, L. Holden (Fenton 86mins), McDonald, (Harris 82), Tickle, Bushell (Dack 82), Preidt, Lee.