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King's Lynn Town face the ultimate test against the Yellows at Cantilever Park




Warrington has never been known for the round-ball game – rugby league has always been top dog.

But all thoughts of rugby league will be put on hold tomorrow as the football club look to secure promotion to Step 2 for the first time in their 70-year history.

The Cheshire club’s Cantilever Park stadium, just a drop-kick away from the Manchester Ship Canal, is expected to be a sell-out for the eagerly-awaited Super Play-Off against the Linnets.

Warrington are managed by former Cambridge United and Peterborough United midfielder Paul Carden.

Warrington Town manager Paul Carden. Picture: John Hopkins (9897953)
Warrington Town manager Paul Carden. Picture: John Hopkins (9897953)

Nicknamed The Yellows, the club finished third in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, but with a 18-point advantage over Buxton who finished in fifth place.

Their slightly-better points-per-game record gave them home advantage over Lynn in the Super Final.

Ben Garrity (2), an own goal and Tony Gray were on target in the 4-1 play-off semi-final victory over Nantwich, while Josh Amis and Dylan Vassallo found the back of the net as they came from behind to beat South Shields in the final last Saturday.

Speaking after the victory over South Shields, a delighted Carden, who has watched Lynn, told the Warrington Guardian: “What a feeling – the lads have been unbelievable again.

“This is my biggest win as a manager – I’ve never managed in a game as big as this.”

Looking ahead to the Super Play-Off, Carden added: “We know it’s going to be a tough game but equally, we know they’re tough opposition for anybody.

“Looking at their squad list, I knew King’s Lynn would be a good side.

“Obviously, we didn’t know loads about how they play but reading up on the teams we could have potentially played, King’s Lynn probably stood out.

“They’re the biggest club – they’ve been further up as an old club but focusing on what they are now is the main thing for us. Having Michael Gash, Adam Marriott, Rory McAuley, Ryan Jarvis and players like that in the team, you know there’s quality there.

“Getting an understanding of how they play and set up was the reason for going down there and we’ve seen it.

“We’ve seen as much as we could in a one-off game.”



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