Match Report

6th April 2000

Warrington Town 2-0 Tetley Walker

NWTL Division 2 Trophy Final

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Town made it to the Trophy final for the second time in two years and the game this year was a local derby, pitting them against rivals from across Warrington, Tetley Walker.   Town overcame Daisy Hill, Nelson and Formby on the way to the big match, staged at Prescot Cables' ground.

Town fans were remembering last year's final, in which they played badly and lost to Fleetwood, but this time the final was a different kettle of fish.  A competetive game, for which both sides were fired up, had few chances for either team, but Town's were better opportunities and, crucially, were coupled with cool finishing from Neil Holden.   The blond-haired forward had a torrid first half, continually being caught offside by the Tetley defence.  In the early stages of the game he flashed a header against the post.

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However Holden, whose two semi-final goals were vital in getting Town this far, got it all right in the second half.  He clinically slotted his first past Tetley's keeper, Town old boy Lee Medland, when put through one on one.  His second goal came from his pace and determination as he chased down a clearance, bursting past the Tetley full-back and drawing the keeper's challenge.  Displaying surprising composure, he paused briefly before hammering the ball into the net past the flailing defenders on the line, sending the fans, including the watching Damien Whitehead, into raptures.

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Alan Hansen says: Och aye.  No' bad.