Match report by Dave McMillan.
Marine recorded their first pre season win on Tuesday night, beating Warrington Town by 4-0 at Cantilever Park.
There are definite signs that the class of 2012 are starting to gel as a team rather than eleven individuals, solid at the back and with pace and movement up front.
Nick Rogan and Andy Fowler put in a hardworking shift at the business end of the pitch, the former opening the scoring by steering home Michael Ordish’s tasty cross from close range after 8 minutes.
Nine minutes later it was two, Fowler chasing down a short goal kick to win the ball and free Liam Rice, the former Port Vale man beating two tackles in the box before netting with a cool finish inside the near post.
Ordish provided several good crosses, with another one almost providing a third goal for the Whites with John Shaw’s shot blocked by Adam Judge in the home goal.
Town put the Marine defence to the test midway through the half, John Cass seeing a cross shot blocked for a corner before Mick Douglas sent a header wide from Liam Shipton’s centre.
The Mariners though looked continued to look dangerous coming forward, and they got a third goal on 31 minutes, Rogan putting Fowler clear for the striker to advance on goal and rifle an angled drive in to the bottom corner of the net.
Fowler nearly decapitated the Chairman with a powerful volley with Wire replying at the other end, Peter Doran flashing a shot across the face of goal and John Miles having a free kick deflected over.
The early stages of the second half saw much of the same, Marine’s dominance emphasised by a fourth goal after 54 minutes, Fowler setting up Rice to slide home his second of the night from twelve yards.
Both sides made a raft of substitutions as the half wore on with Warrington coming back in to the game, Callum Williams making a couple of good saves and Liam Duff heading one effort off the line but Town were unable to grab a consolation goal.
Warrington Town: Adam Judge, Peter Doran, Colin Flood, Phil Mooney, Mick Douglas, James McArten, John Miles, Fraser Ablett, Ashley Ruane, Dean Ennion, Liam Shipton.
Subs: John Cass, Paul Lundon, Neil Weaver, Phil Davis, Dan Murphy, Paul Parle.
Marine: Ryan McMahon (Callum Williams 45), Shaun Dowling (Karl McKenna 63), John Shaw (Liam Duff 70), Danny Grannon (Lee McEvilly 70), Matty Brown, Connor Millington (Thomas Moore 53), Paul Brown (Robbie Lawton 53), Liam Rice (John Driscoll 63), Nick Rogan, Andy Fowler (Paul Brown 63), Michael Ordish (Matty Devine 45).
Referee: Mr. S. Copeland; Assistants Mr. R. Wainwright, Mr. R. Abson