Mark Beesley reacts to Alfreton Town draw

Warrington Town manager Mark Beesley was pleased with the way his side battled back from a goal down to earn a point at Alfreton Town

Having fallen behind to a Peter Clarke own-goal midway through the first half, the Yellows rallied well and equalised on the stroke of half-time through Matty Grivosti, who finished from close-range after Isaac Buckley-Ricketts’ shot came back off the post initially.

Chances were few and far between in the second half, and Beesley was left with a sense of satisfaction at the way his side nullified the threat of their in-form hosts.

“I think we definitely deserved a point,. We gave a poor goal away which is frustrating as we’d been working on it all week, but apart from that, we defended their long throw-in pretty well because it’s a weapon,” he said.

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“It’s a difficult place to come as they are in a good vein of form, so for us to come and get a point shows a bit of progression from us.

“I think maybe a month ago, we probably don’t get a result. With the way they play, it’s quite direct and the game can be quite slow.

“It’s important that when games are like that, we show a bit of character and stand up to it.”

There certainly wasn’t a lack of character in a Yellows side that earned themselves a point at Alfreton, having being faced with selection dilemmas on the journey to Derbyshire.

In the game against King’s Lynn, Beesley opted for a back three consisting of Tom Hannigan, Peter Clarke and Andre Wisdom, but was without the luxury of this option against red-hot Alfreton, after Hannigan fell ill on the journey down.

Nonetheless, the Yellows’ four-man defence proved effective regardless, with Beesley now insisting that it’s in the attacking third where more is demanded.

The return of forward Jordan Buckley off the bench on Saturday may just ease any concerns going forward.

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Beesley added: “We’ve got to be careful with Jordan because the poor lad had a wretched run of injuries and he came back flying in the summer. 

“You can’t legislate for what happened to him at Southport. The lad’s fell on his ankle and then obviously it affected him longer than we thought.”

“He’s back now, he looks fit, he looks strong. We’ve just got to be gentle with him because we want a fit Jordan Buckley for every game until the end of the season.

“We’ve just got to be careful with him, dip him in and out and make sure he’s fresh because when he is on his game he’s a big asset to us.”

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