Warrington Town manager’s five best wins in charge

On that day, five years ago, Paul Carden was unveiled as the new manager of Warrington Town.

His time at the club has rarely been dull, whether it be cup races, missed games or global pandemics bringing the game to a complete halt.

Overall – including the officially discontinued 2019-20 season – he has selected a Yellows side 217 times, which has led to some memorable results and performances.

Here, the man himself picks his top five wins from his time at Cantilever Park so far …

5. YELLOWS 3 SOUTH SHIELDS 0

Northern Premier League, September 29, 2018

City scorers: Bohan Dixon (37), Jake Kirby (80), Josh Amis (90)

NEWLY promoted to Premier Division at the back of a dominant procession for the Premier Division North title, South Shields has once again made it to the top of the Cantilever Park tree.

However, they walked away with their tails between their legs thanks to a display of the Scorching Yellows.

A superb individual goal from Bohan Dixon gave them the advantage at the break and it was an advantage Town would extend after the break.

Stockport County loan leader Jake Kirby marked his debut with an emphatic finish before Josh Amis added a late knockout.

Yellow Team: Tony McMillan, Mitch Duggan, Alex Whittle, Ben Garrity, Mark Roberts, Dave Raven, Jack Mackreth, Robbie Evans, Tony Gray (Jake Kirby), Bohan Dixon (Josh Amis), Dylan Vassallo (Luke George). Unused subtitles: Adam Carden, Jack Dunn

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Bohan Dixon scores Town’s opener in his 3-0 win over South Shields in September 2018. Photo by John Hopkins

4. YELLOW 2 EBBSFLEET UNITED 0

Replay of the second round of the FA Trophy, January 16, 2018

City scorers: Tony Gray (50), Jamie McDonald (67)

Truly, this game shouldn’t have been necessary.

Three days earlier, the Yellows had dominated the Ebbsfleet Conference team on their home turf to concede a last-breath equalizer to draw 1-1, meaning a recovery was needed.

A wet and wild Tuesday night in Cantilever Park, they finished the job.

“It was such a good win after conceding so late for them – which was also an incredible performance, they didn’t deserve a draw.” Carden said.

“They actually finished in the playoffs that year and lost to Tranmere.

“It wasn’t just a big one-time game – we were the best team in their patch and then brought them here on Tuesday and won.

“It was a tough game because the conditions weren’t great. Tony (Gray) scored a great goal at the end.

“It was a top level performance when nothing was expected of us.”

Yellow Team: Ben Ascroft, Adam Carden, Rory McKeown, Sean Williams, Jay McCarten, Liam Goulding, Devarn Green (Gerard Kinsella), Dylan Vassallo, Jamie McDonald, Tony Gray (Scott Bakkor), Will Hayhurst (Shaun Beeley). Unused submarines. Brad Barnes, Stephen Milne

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Tony Gray opens the scoring against Ebbsfleet.  Photo by John Hopkins

Tony Gray opens the scoring against Ebbsfleet. Photo by John Hopkins

3. SOUTH SHIELDS 1 YELLOW 2

Northern Premier League, February 16, 2019

City scorers: Josh Amis (27), Jack Dunn (32)

HAVING fired South Shields at home earlier in the season, this win was arguably more impressive.

Before the Yellows rose to Mariners Park, no one had beaten the Tynesiders on their home turf, but two first-half goals helped.

There was supposed to be an Alamo-like defense after the break, but they got the job done.

“They are such a good team and when they came into the division everyone was saying how good they were and rightly so,” Carden said.

“We did the one-two against them this season – we beat them convincingly at home which was another top performance, but going and beating them like we did was just as impressive.

“I can’t imagine too many people beating them at home and outside. They were also stealing back then.”

Yellow Team: Tony McMillan, Mitch Duggan, Alex Whittle, Shaun Beeley, Mark Roberts, Dave Raven, Bohan Dixon (Robbie Evans), Ben Garrity, Tony Gray (Russell Benjamin), Josh Amis, Jack Dunn (Adam Hughes). Unused captions: Connor McCarthy, Dylan Vassallo

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Jack Dunn scores against South Shields.  Photo by John Hopkins

Jack Dunn scores against South Shields. Photo by John Hopkins

2. YELLOWS 4 NANTWICH 1

Northern Premier League play-off semi-final on April 30, 2019

City scorers: Ben Garrity (57, 80), Lloyd Allinson OG (89), Tony Gray (90)

A SPECIAL atmosphere and an equally special performance from the Yellows.

Nearly 1,500 fans gathered in Cantilever Park and the place bounced back to see Town recover from a halftime deficit to beat rivals Cheshire.

“A night game always brings that atmosphere – the lights, the pace of the pitch because there’s a bit of a zip on it and the stakes of the game,” Carden recalls.

“We always had good games against Nantwich, but I was confident to beat them. I was convinced we had more than them.

“They scored a good goal a bit against the run of the game, but from there we were in the lead.

“We changed him up a bit at half-time. We had Shaun Beeley in midfield and he tied Sean Cooke.

“Mitch (Duggan) won’t thank me because we pulled him out after halftime on the way to the game, and crushed them in the second half.

“We were too strong, too fast and we had way too much for them that night.”

Yellow Team: Tony McMillan, Mitch Duggan (Bohan Dixon), Alex Whittle, Ben Garrity (Dylan Vassallo), Mark Roberts, Dave Raven, Shaun Beeley, Robbie Evans, Tony Gray, Jack Dunn, Jack Mackreth (Russell Benjamin). Unused subtitles: Josh Amis, Marcus Cusani

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Celebrations of the Yellows after the play-off victory against Nantwich Town.  Photo by John Hopkins

Celebrations for the Yellows after the play-off victory against Nantwich Town. Photo by John Hopkins

1. SOUTH SHIELDS 1 YELLOW 2

Northern Premier League play-off final, May 4, 2019

City scorers: Dylan Vassallo (67), Josh Amis (87)

There could only be one winner …

A victory that would have meant promotion to another year and even if the Yellows would suffer a “super play-off” heartbreak, this second win of the season inside the South Shields bear pit will never be forgotten.

“It was as strong a performance as we’ve had it,” Carden said.

“Beat them in such a big game with such a big crowd – when their crowd and their staff are cheering you on, you know you’ve done something right.

“That day we were so strong. The subs played their part massively – Dylan and Josh both came in to score. You couldn’t really script it better.

“They had possession spells but that’s what you do. We watched it and knew how they wanted to play, but if we got it right we could let them have the ball where we wanted.

“It worked a treat for us – the guys took the instructions and combined it with their own abilities and confidence.”

Yellow Team: Tony McMillan, Shaun Beeley, Alex Whittle, Ben Garrity, Mark Roberts, Dave Raven, Bohan Dixon (Josh Amis), Robbie Evans, Tony Gray, Jack Dunn (Dylan Vassallo), Jack Mackreth (Russell Benjamin). Unused captions: Marcus Cusani, Mitch Duggan

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Paul Carden celebrates playoff victory at South Shields.  Photo by John Hopkins

Paul Carden celebrates playoff victory at South Shields. Photo by John Hopkins


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