Warrington GuardianTown denied by last-gasp Ossett equaliser (From Warrington Guardian)

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Warrington Town creep into Evo-Stik Division One play-off places

Warrington Guardian: Town's goal-den signing Ciaran Kilheeney netted his third goal in four games against Ossett. Pictures by John Hopkins Town's goal-den signing Ciaran Kilheeney netted his third goal in four games against Ossett. Pictures by John Hopkins

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DESPITE stretching their unbeaten run to seven games, Warrington Town returned from Yorkshire disappointed after a late Ossett strike robbed them of a thoroughly deserved three-point haul.

A point still takes them into the Evo-Stik Division One North's play-off places and within nine points of league leaders Mossley, but Shaun Reid's side could, and possibly should, have cut that gap even further with victory against the division's third-bottom team.

As it was, a late goal from Ossett substitute James Eyles denied Town the win, though John Miles will still be kicking himself for missing a match-winning chance with seconds remaining in the game.

Defences on both sides were on top for the opening 15 minutes, with only Kevin Townson creating any chance of note when shooting over with six minutes on the clock.

Town's breakthrough came on 19 minutes, Townson's pinpoint through ball sending strike partner Ciaran Kilheeney on goal to score his third goal in four games since signing from Chorley.

Yellows continued to dominate possession but failed to make it count, and instead the hosts looked most likely to equalise as striker Grant Darley beat full back Phil Doran to send a shot narrowly wide of Andy Robertson's goal before then having a goal chalked off for offside.

The hosts rallied after the break and were level within seven minutes of the restart when winger Daniel Walsh beat his man to the byline before standing up a cross to the far post for the on-rushing Kelsey to nod home.

But parity was not restored for long, as Town retook the lead seven minutes later thanks to Miles' terrific curled effort from the edge of the area.

The goal marked the start of the most open period in the game, with both sides going close to adding to their accounts before Eyles popped up in the 90th minute to leave a frustrated Town reeling at 2-2.

Deep into the three minutes of injury time Miles was given a golden chance to snatch a dramatic winner when McCarthy forced a mistake from the Ossett defence and squared for Miles to stroke his shot wide of the post from 12 yards out.

A share of the points, but Town's wastefulness in front of goal meant they were denied a fifth consecutive victory in all competitions.

Town: Robertson, Davies, Doran, Dogan (c), Flynn, McCarten, McCarthy, Mooney, Townson (A. Kilheeney, 59), Miles, C. Kilheeney, subs not used: Ruane, Mitter, West.

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