Match Report

8th December 1998 - Warrington Town 2 - 0 Woodley Sports


Warrington Town 2 Woodley Sports 0


TOWN were outsized but not outfought by Woodley in the Second Division Trophy on Tuesday night.  The visitors towered over Town but failed to use their physical advantage to grind out a win.  The home side side started slowly and manager Dave Hughes later admitted that his charges had their minds on tomorrow's, Saturday's, big FA Vase third round game against Heanor Town.

It took three fine saves from 'keeper Alan Thomson to keep Town in the hunt early on as he tipped a fierce drive over the bar from Matty Weardon, stopped a shot from Damian Ohandjanian from the resulting corner and palmed Gareth Leech's powerful free kick round the post shortly after.

Town began to warm to their task but it was still against the run of play when Paul Berry grabbed an opportunistic goal after 32 minutes.  The winger reaped the rewards of chasing a lost cause when a long ball went to the Woodley 'keeper Keith Jones. The clearance cannoned off his body and the delighted Berry slotted the loose ball beyond the prone Jones.

Two minutes after the break, Damian Whitehead squandered a glorious chance to double Town's lead when he blasted wide with only the 'keeper to beat.  Woodley were now letting Town take all the initiative as their interest in the game drained away.

The second goal came after 70 minutes and what a strike it was.  Kevin Tyrell showed just how much his confidence has grown since Tony Plant's return to Tetley Walker by collecting Ian Bold's fine pass, beating his marker in the box and slotting the ball past the diving 'keeper from a tight angle.

Town: Alan Thomson, Chris Hunt, Steve Cartledge, Paul Anderton, Ian Bold, James Ward, Jerry Coll, Terry Nestor, Kevin Tyrell, Damien Whitehead, Paul Berry. Subs: Ian Hughes, Andy Tague, Stuart Lee.