Mark Beesley: We weren’t at our best

Warrington Town manager Mark Beesley acknowledges that his team weren’t good enough in their 2-0 defeat against a strong Scunthorpe United side on Saturday.

Goals from Danny Whitehall and Michael Clunan gave the visitors the victory, and a straight red card from Town’s Jay Harris midway through the second half made it an even tougher assignment for the hosts as they looked to find a response, prior to Clunan’s stoppage-time strike to wrap up the win.

It was the Yellows’ third defeat in four, and despite the increased quality of the opposition, Beesley still believes that his side’s performance wasn’t as good as he knows it can be.

“They were better than us. Scunthorpe are a big club, so for us to compete with them we needed to be at our best, which we weren’t today,” he said.

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“Sometimes you’ve got to turn round and admit that you were beaten by the better team. They should go up and are the biggest club in our league, but from our point of view, it was disappointing that we weren’t at our best.”

Saturday’s game saw the Town debut of Norwich City loanee Dubem Eze, who signed from the Canaries on Friday.

The former Chelsea and Derby County youngster was a 64th minute substitute, and is someone that Beesley is excited to integrate into the side towards the end of the season.

He added: “We’ve had our eye on him for a while and it’s taken a bit of time to get him in. With Jay’s suspension coming, hopefully he can help us in those midfield areas.”

With six games remaining in the National League North season, Town still sits six points outside of the play-offs.

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Beesley accepts it has been a tough season at times, but one that they can mark as a successful one overall.

“I can’t fault the lads. They’re playing when they shouldn’t be, playing through injuries and giving it their all.

“40 games in, I think we’ve been excellent throughout the season, but today we weren’t at it in every way. It’s important that we dust ourselves down and get ready for Tuesday.”

The Yellows face a difficult week with three games in six days, starting with a long trip to Cambridgeshire for a match-up with Peterborough Sports on Tuesday night. 

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