This game is predicted to go down to the wire. Pun intended as the nickname of Warrington is the Wires. For a change we do not have a six-pointer fixture, so perhaps coupled with our Walsall Senior Cup victory on Tuesday, we can tackle this game with no pressure. That is because Warrington currently lie 5th (in the playoff group) so on paper it should be a banker away win. However, at the start of November, in similar positions we were leading 1-0, but came away with a 2-1 defeat as Warrington scored two late goals to secure the points. Just goes to show how tight this league is. In fact, Warrington’s 1-0 win at home to Radcliffe last Saturday was their first won since the end of November. If we can replicate our own performance over Radcliffe, then who knows what could happen.
Warrington’s away record in the league this season, shows then to be a hard team to beat. They have won 4 games on their travels at Atherton, Matlock, Nantwich and Whitby. They have only lost one game on the road, that being a 4-0 defeat at Morpeth. To show their away strength, they have drawn 5 games. While holding, top clubs such as South Shields, Scarborough and Radcliffe, they have also drawn at Bamber Bridge and Gainsborough which could give us confidence of grinding out a draw.
Over the years Warrington had slowly climbed the pyramid and it was not until season 2016/17 that the two teams met in a league fixture. Our first home meeting saw a 2-2 draw, with the following season seeing out a goal less draw. Guess what, last seasons encounter was a 1-1 draw. If we can keep that sequence going, then most will see a point as a start to a run to safety. At least with our position I doubt the game will be abandoned due to fog, as per the infamous game at Warrington in season 16/17.
The management team were keen to stress that everyone is working together, and that includes the fans to help bring about a positive result. So please venture down to Marston Road and support the team.
Games played on January 18th this century
2000 Rocester H 2-1 Dr Martens West league
2011 Harrogate A 2-3 Conference North
2014 Droylsden H 3-1 Northern Premier League