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Warrington Town: Match Report

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sat 20 Oct 2018
Posted in Match Report

FC Halifax Town are in the hat for the First-Round draw of the FA Cup following a 2-2 draw at Warrington Town.

The result means that the two teams will face each other again on Tuesday night in a replay at the MBi Shay Stadium, with a 7:45pm kick off.

Town opened the scoring after five minutes when a Jordan Preston corner was met by Nathan Clarke who climbed higher than anybody else to head down past Tony McMillan.

Warrington replied after some pressure from a thumping Ben Garrity volley from a knockdown 12-yards out, which flew into the top right corner, giving Sam Johnson no chance.

Shortly after the break, Warrington turned the game on its head, taking the lead after Jack Mackreth’s run into the box and pass across goal found Tony Gray who fired home.

But Matty Kosylo equalised later after a hesitation in defence allowed the number seven to collect the ball, move around the goalkeeper and side-foot the ball into the net.

The hosts had the better of the first half, with Dylan Vassallo causing Town some problems, seeing

Warrington’s number 11 also nearly scored after a knockdown from Tony Gray, with the resulting half volley being blocked from going into Johnson’s goal.

Town’s best first half chance other than the goal was a Dayle Southwell free kick to double the lead, had it dipped a little sooner instead of hitting the bar.

The home side nearly had a free kick goal of their own moments after equalising, but Vassallo’s curling effort, heading for the corner, was diverted behind expertly by Johnson.

The only other chance before the break came for Warrington as Mitch Duggan’s cross found Garrity in the box, but his header for his brace was caught by Johnson.

After the break, Halifax created a lot more chances, one seeing Preston shoot from north of 30-yards, but seeing the shot gathered by McMillan.

Goal scorer Kosylo almost added to his tally when he was found in space outside the area, and shot straight and hard, but straight at McMillan.

The number seven was involved again as his cross found Southwell six yards out, whose looping header looked to be going in until McMillan collected it in the air.

However, Warrington did have chances to extend their lead before Kosylo earned Town a replay on Tuesday night.

Their best was from a left-wing cross which found Stockport loanee Jake Kirby who turned around the Town defence, but his shot on the turn flew over the bar.

The only other real second half chance for the hosts was from Mackreth’s cross which resulted in a scramble and ultimately diverted for a corner by Johnson.

Late on, there were few chances to come across and neither team could find that crucial winner to secure their First-Round Proper status.

The draw will be made on Monday night, meaning both will know of what awaits them after the replay on Tuesday night.

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