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Reid relishes Cook performance as Town beat New MIlls
WARRINGTON Town’s FA Cup run continues after they progressed from the first qualifying round at the second attempt with a replay win at New Mills on Monday night.
Young goalkeeper Josh Cook saved a penalty in the second half after Jay McCarten had given Town the lead before the break.
And boss Shaun Reid was full of praise for former Burnley stopper Cook, who has slotted in behind a defence boasting seven clean sheets in eight games.
“He made a superb double save,” said Reid. “The penalty save was good but his reactions for the second save proves he’s got real potential.
“He’s a young boy and he’s come into a side that are keeping clean sheets, but he’s made some vital saves.
“There are a few things we need to work with him on, but if you have players that are willing to listen and learn then that’s good.
“I can’t think about dropping him when he’s come in and is keeping clean sheets and playing well.”
McCarten slotted home what proved to be the winner on 25 minutes after a goalmouth scramble.
Ciaran Kilheeney went close early in the second half, but glanced his effort inches wide of the New Mills post.
Craig Robinson was superbly marshalling the Yellows’ defence, but midway through the second half the hosts were awarded a penalty for handball.
Cook dived to save at full stretch and quickly rose to his feet to save again and keep Town from going to extra time.
“They were magnificent,” said Reid about his players after the win. “It was bit tough and we made a few adjustments after the first game on Saturday.
“But they are all pulling in the same direction and it was a tough, physical game, a proper cup tie.
“Saturday was a bruising encounter, there’s not much between the two teams, our spirit, determination and courage saw us through.
“They won’t be far away in the league, come April I’m sure they will be there or there abouts.”
Reid was present as Ossett Town beat Bamber Bridge in a replay on Tuesday night, the Yellows travel to the winners in the next round on Saturday, September 28.
Warrington beat Albion 2-0 at the beginning of the month, but the 47-year-old was keen to take a second look at how Town’s opponents have progressed.
“I’ll be having a look to see who they’ve got in,” added Reid. “There is a large turnover of personal day-by-day at this level.”
Town Cook, Davies, Metcalfe, Millington, McCarten, Robinson, Newby (Gahgan), Mannix (West), Wharton, Kilheeney, Dawson. Subs not used Mooney, Greenwood, Glass.