With Phil Lindley and Jon Maloney
still injured Nigel Danby had to re-shuffle the team yet again with Dan Thirkell
filling in at centre half and Liam Shepherd at left-back.
The game began a little scrappily as both teams struggled to gain any advantage on a glorious sunny autumn afternoon. It was Rail however that created the first real goal scoring opportunity just on the 10 minute mark. Liam Gray was the creator as he slid Luke Durham in on goal. Luke did the hard part by rounding the goalkeeper but instead of going for goal he squared it across the box where no Rail player was waiting. Shortly afterwards Craig Parry was nearly caught out at his near post as a cross-cum-shot cannoned of the post and bounced against his chest before the ball was cleared. With 15 minutes gone Chris Gaghan really should have opened the scoring as he found himself free inside the penalty area. He had enough time to take aim but Craig Parry came out and managed to put the Warrington attacker off his shot as it went harmlessly past the post and out for a goalkick. Back came Rail as the game began to open up and this time it was Chris Oldfield in the Warrington goal who came to the rescue. Liam Gray’s long range effort was only palmed away by the keeper into the path of Paul Beesley
but a defender managed to get a block in before Paul could slid the ball into the net. Moments later Paul had another chance as a good move between him and Luke Durham ended up with Paul just sliding the ball narrowly wide of the post. A minute later Rails slack marking in the penalty area was punished with the unmarked Anthony Hickey heading in from close range.
HARROGATE RAILWAY 0 WARRINGTON TOWN 1 (Hickey 21)
It took a while for Rail to recover as they struggled to create any chances to try and get back in the game. Ten minutes before half-time it was again Liam Gray trying his luck from long distance and again Chris Oldfield somehow managed to palm the shot into the air but Rails luck was out again as no one was following the shot in and the danger was cleared. A minute before half-time Warrington doubled their lead. Craig Parry took a free-kick from an offside decision but before he could get back on his line the ball had been put through over our defence, he then rushed out of his area to try and clear the ball but Allan Collins beat him to it as he headed over Craig and into an empty net.
HARROGATE RAILWAY 0 WARRINGTON TOWN 2 (Collins 44)
HALF-TIME: HARROGATE RAILWAY 0 WARRINGTON TOWN 2
he second-half began with Warrington on the front foot and they nearly scored a third as Rail’s defence was all over the place. Craig Parry managed to half stop the shot and Wayne Harratt managed to clear the danger by booting the ball away. Craig however was powerless to prevent Warrington moments later from increasing their lead. The ball broke free on the left side of our area and Allan Collins struck a sweet half volley high into the roof of the net before Craig could react.
HARROGATE RAILWAY 0 WARRINGTON TOWN 3 (Collins 57)
To add to Railway’s woes the injured Wayne Harratt had to be replaced by Steve Palfrey. More changes were to follow from both sides as Warrington tried to close the game out. It wasn’t until the 79th minute that Rail burst into life. Steve Palfrey managed to get a shot in from the left-hand side of the penalty area which the keeper managed to palm the shot across the area but this time Byrom Littlefair who managed to follow up and steer the ball into the back of the net at the far post.
HARROGATE RAILWAY 1 WARRINGTON TOWN 3 (Littlefair 79)
All of a sudden Rail looked a different team and this time it was Warrington’s defence that looked a little shaky. Half chances went begging as first Luke Durham with his back to goal scooped a shot just over the bar and then from a tight angle Byrom Littlefair’s shot went narrowly over. Warrington did manage to hang on as the referee blew for full-time.
FULL-TIME: HARROGATE RAILWAY 1 WARRINGTON TOWN 3
BOOKINGS: 1 - Chris Gaghan (Warrington Town)
HARROGATE RAILWAY: Parry, McLean, Shepherd, Nightingale (Littlefair 62) Harratt (Palfrey 57) Thirkell, Brown (Lee 60) Gray (C) Beesley, Durham, Hunter. Sub not used: Maloney
WARRINGTON TOWN: Oldfield, Duffy, Cross, Humphreys, Hardwick (C) Wade, Hamid, Collins (Jackson 85) Henders (Thompson 77) Hickey, Gahgan (Corrigan 68) Subs not used: Brown & Shipton
RAIL MAN OF THE MATCH: LIAM GRAY