27th March 1999
Ashton Town 1 - 2 Warrington Town
This was a game of missed chances. Town dominated the first half but squandered innumerable chances in front of goal. On 15 minutes from a strange refereeing decision Ashton took a free kick in their own half down the steep slope. Towns defence was caught asleep and Ashton scored from their one and only real attack of the half.
The second half saw Town playing down the slope, and they could have scored a bucketful but poor finishing and some excellent goalkeeping kept our forwards at bay. On 65 minutes Damien Whitehead took the ball down the left flank, beat the full back and two other defenders on the by-line, crossed, and Neil Holden at last put the ball in the back of the net. Ten minutes later Whitehead got his customary goal from a piece of individual brilliance.
All in all, a creditable performance by Town considering the injury problems we have. It was great to see Chris Hunt, Ian bold and Ian Hughes cheering from the touchline but how frustrating it must be for them at this, the crunch time of the season.