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Codling at the double in Yellows win

Warrington Town held off a late fightback from Sutton Coldfield to win 2-1 at a frozen Cantilever Park.

Lewis Codling scored two well-taken goals, one in either half, which proved just about enough despite Dan O’Callaghan’s lifeline for the visitors 10 minutes from time.

As has been the case in recent weeks, there was another new face in the Yellows line-up, in the shape of left-back Rory McKeown.

The first goal came after 10 minutes, ‘keeper James Wren only half clearing the ball and Codling immediately returned it with air above him and defenders in to the goal.

It was a much needed early goal following last weekend’s disappointment, and it was nearly two minutes later when Samuel Ilesamni got in behind.

The visitors, under new management, provided sterner opposition than their lowly league position suggests, and they started to build momentum before the break.

As it was, the best chance at the end of the first half fell to the Yellows, when Craig Robinson’s volley was blocked by two defenders.

O’Callaghan almost levelled things up early in the second half, his curling shot landing on the roof of the net with Tony McMillan scrambling.

The number nine then had a shout for a penalty waved away, after he went down under a challenge from Mitch Duggan.

Warrington settled their nerves on the hour mark, Danny Hattersley chasing down a neat ball in to the box and forcing Wren to punch away, with Codling poised to smartly volley home past the two covering defenders.

Codling then looked a cert to get a hat-trick, as he came close on no fewer than three occasions.

First, Ilesamni’s work down the right and pull-back was just beyond Codling, with Scott Harries’ follow-up shot blocked.

And from the resulting corner, Codling diverted Eddie Toner’s driven ball in to the danger zone just over the bar.

Ilesamni could have made sure of the points on 68 minutes when he held off a defender, and his deflected shot went agonisingly wide of the far post.

Not for the first time this season, it proved to be a shaky final quarter for the Yellows as Sutton Coldfield just wouldn’t go away.

O’Callaghan got the goal his endeavours deserved, a fizzing right foot shot that curled away from McMillan and in to his bottom left hand corner.

That gave the visitors 10 minutes to lay siege on the Yellows, but it didn’t quite happen.

Paul Carden’s introduction of John Shaw in front of the back four, in place of Codling, neutralised the threat that Francino Francie was having and in the end, the Yellows closed out to win with the minimum of fuss.

Tuesday’s scheduled game against Blyth Spartans has been postponed due to their commitments in the FA Trophy.

Warrington Town are next in action when they visit Frickley next Saturday.

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Codling lobs the keeper for th eopenning goal PICTURE BARRY SCHOLES

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Fans celebrates PICTURE BARRY SCHOLES

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Colding is congratulated by his team mates PICTURE BARRY SCHOLES

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Codlings bags his second goal PICTURE BARRY SCHOLES

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Colding celebrates PICTURE BARRY SCHOLES

Lewis Codling receives his MoM award from Match Day Sponsors Poco Coffee

Lewis Codling receives his MoM award from Match Day Sponsors Poco Coffee

PREMIER DIVISION TABLE
# Team Pl HW HD HL AW AD AL W D L F A Diff Pts Adj
1. Whitby Town 21 7 2 1 5 3 3 12 5 4 28 19 9 41 0
2. Buxton 21 8 2 0 4 2 5 12 4 5 39 20 19 40 0
3. Rushall Olympic 21 7 1 3 5 2 3 12 3 6 34 25 9 39 0
4. Blyth Spartans 19 6 3 1 5 1 3 11 4 4 38 19 19 37 0
5. Hednesford Town 21 6 3 3 4 1 4 10 4 7 38 24 14 34 0
6. Matlock Town 19 6 3 1 4 1 4 10 4 5 28 20 8 34 0
7. Warrington Town 22 7 0 5 3 3 4 10 3 9 35 32 3 33 0
8. Workington 21 6 0 4 4 3 4 10 3 8 29 28 1 33 0
9. Spennymoor Town 19 6 1 2 3 4 3 9 5 5 39 23 16 32 0
10. Stourbridge 19 6 1 2 3 4 3 9 5 5 31 24 7 32 0
11. Ashton United 22 4 3 4 4 5 2 8 8 6 41 37 4 32 0
12. Nantwich Town 17 3 1 3 6 3 1 9 4 4 34 22 12 31 0

 

Warrington Town still targeting play-offs, says Carden

Warrington Town manager Paul Carden says the play-offs is still a realistic aim this season despite their indifferent recent form.

A 2-1 defeat at the hands of Barwell on Saturday was the Yellows’ fifth home defeat of the season, which leaves them languishing in 10th place having played a handful more games than many of the teams around them.

Two home games in four days – Sutton Coldfield on Saturday and Blyth Spartans on Tuesday – gives Carden’s men the chance to build some momentum leading up to the busy Christmas period.

He said: “I think it’s still a realistic aim. I think it’s an achievable aim.

“I just think that with the areas that I know we need to strengthen in, it’s key that we try and do that sooner rather than later.”

Carden hasn’t been afraid to shake things up since his arrival, bringing in goalkeeper Tony McMillan to replace hometown favourite Karl Wills between the sticks.

With long-term injuries sidelining key performers Danny Ventre and Gerard Kinsella, midfield trio Sean Williams, Eddie Toner and Mitch Duggan have been brought in.

Another recent addition, striker Danny Hattersley, is still waiting his first goal in Yellow.

But Carden, who dropped down from National League side Tranmere to take the role, is enjoying his time at Cantilever Park.

He said: “I’m really enjoying it. The chairman’s been brilliant. The people around the club have been good.

“We’ve just got to pick it up and take it to where it needs to be.

“It’s not going to be an overnight thing, but certainly over the next few weeks we need to be thinking about improvement and making sure that we’re doing all we can to get up near the top of the league because that’s where we should be.”