Report: Warrington Town 2-2 Brackley Town

Warrington Town shared the spoils with Brackley Town in an entertaining game that ended 2-2 at Cantilever Park.

The game swung both ways, Brackley taking a first-half lead through a stunning Zak Lilly half-volley.

Goals from Isaac Buckley-Ricketts and Matty McDonald turned things around, but Connor Hall earned the visitors a point.

Jay Harris and Matty McDonald returned to the Warrington Town starting line-up and the game was fairly open from minute one, the hosts starting brightly and Harris having an early shot saved by Danny Lewis via a deflection.

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It was the visitors who struck first though, a loose ball bouncing in no man’s land 25 yards was hammered into the top corner by Lilly.

The Yellows nearly responded immediately, McDonald hitting the woodwork at the join of bar and post with a right foot shot after Buckley-Ricketts had held the ball up.

Buckley-Ricketts found the equaliser himself on 21 minutes, standing up his man and sending the ‘keeper the wrong way with a curling shot that went in via the inside of the post.

Five minutes before the break the Yellows took the lead, quick thinking by Connor Woods on the far side saw him thrown down the line for Buckley-Ricketts, who pulled back for McDonald to poke home from close range to make it 2-1 at halftime.

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The pattern of the game remained the same in the second half and Harris was next to hit the woodwork, cracking a fine 20-yard strike off the post with Lewis beaten, but moments after the sides were level.

Woods was unfortunate in that a tackle in midfield poked the ball beyond Harris to Hall, who still had a lot to do but surged into the box and squeezed a shot beyond Dan Atherton eight minutes in to the second half.

Harris guided a shot just wide and Woods had a shot from a tight angle well saved by the legs of Lewis.

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The visitors seemed more likely in the final 10 minutes that was until injury time when an excellent Buckley-Ricketts pass released substitute Josh Amis, who brought the ball down and lofted it over the ‘keeper but agonisingly for the hosts just over the bar.

Two more home games are upcoming for the Yellows against Bishop’s Stortford next Saturday and Southport on Tuesday week.

Warrington Town: Dan Atherton; Andre Wisdom, Peter Clarke, Tom Hannigan, Andy White; Jay Harris, Sean Williams, Matty McDonald (Dec Walker); Matt Grivosti (Josh Amis), Isaac Buckley-Ricketts, Connor Woods (Kacper Pasiek). Unused subs: Evan Gumbs, Sam Gill.

Brackley Town: Danny Lewis; Tyler Lyttle, Zak Lilly, Alex Gudger, George Carline, Riccardo Calder; Shep Murombedzi, Alfie Bates (Tommy O’Sullivan), James Armson (Morgan Roberts); Danny Newton, Connor Hall (Dan Turner). Unused subs: Owen Evans, Cosmos Matwasa.

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