Match Report

27th December 1999 - Warrington Town 0 - 2 Tetley Walker

The festive fixture at Cantilever Park saw a big crowd gather for a local derby match.   Despite a somewhat muted atmosphere, in no way helped by the continuous torrential rain, the game was physical and fast.

Early scares at the back for Town were ominous signs but the club's officials were more worried about their failing floodlights on the canal side.  Just as the illumination stuttered into life, Town found themselves a goal behind after a looping ball into the box was clumsily headed home.  Immediately Town had a chance at the other end but Dave Tickle hit his shot straight at the Tetley keeper.  For the rest of the half Town dominated and would have scored, but were denied by a comination of cynical fouling, poor finishing, and the side netting.

As the pitch deteriorated in the second half, the game became less enjoyable to watch.   The slippery conditions contributed to mistakes and Tetley were the side that profited.  A hopeful punt upfield was expertly brought down by the referee, and a scuffed shot was spilled by Neil McCormack in the Town goal before rebounding into the goal.

Alan Hansen says: Och, aye, terrible conditions todae.  But a must sae, tha's nae excuse fae playin' like that.  Nae wonder the Toon havnae won in oover a month like.