Warrington Town manager Mark Beesley has hailed the contribution of forward duo Isaac Buckley-Ricketts and Jordan Buckley following the Yellows’ season-opening 2-0 win over Morpeth Town.
Buckley, last season’s top scorer, missed the entirety of pre-season but produced a devastating second half display after coming on as a substitute for new club captain Josh Amis.
His quick throw-in led to Buckley-Ricketts opening the scoring from inside the area late in the contest, before the forward pair again combined deep into second half stoppage time as Buckley fired past goalkeeper Dan Lowson to secure all three points.
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Buckley-Ricketts has also caught the eye after a series of impressive pre-season displays, and Beesley admits he was pleased with the application of both players during Saturday’s victory.
“It was a tough day to play football, and both sets of players should be praised for doing what they’ve done,” he said.
“I felt we started the first half a little bit nervous. But after the first 10 minutes we started growing into the game and created some really good chances.
“I didn’t think [the goal] was going to come, but I said to the lads, ‘you’ve got to keep pushing, you’ve got to keep going’, and we deserved it in the end.”
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He added: “Isaac has done really well in pre-season. “We’ve missed Jordan for pre-season so it’s nice to have him back today.
“He’s trained consecutive sessions for the first time since April, so we’ve got to be patient with him. We’ve got to ease him back, but you can see that when he comes on, defenders are scared. He’s got pace, he created chances and he scored a good goal.”
With two goals late in the contest, the Yellows showed real fight and desire to open their new Pitching In Northern Premier League campaign with a win on home soil.
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Beesley says the challenge for the players must now be to keep putting themselves in peak physical condition, with so many fixtures coming up over the early weeks of the season.
“We want to keep pushing until the last minute. The lads are fit and strong, and long may that continue,” he said.
“It’s important that the lads recover now. It’s important that they drink well, eat well, sleep well, and we’ll be encouraging them to do that.
“The games come thick and fast in our league, playing Saturday/Tuesday, so we need to be comfortable doing that.”
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