Town march on in FA Cup

Scott Metcalfe fires home a penalty. Pictures by John Hopkins

Ben Wharton goes close

Chris Gahgan tries to go around the outside

Anthony Hickey earns Town a penalty

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Warrington Town 4 Barton Old Boys 1

WARRINGTON Town will host Trafford in the next round of the FA Cup on September 13 thanks to victory over Barton Old Boys.

A Scot Metcalfe hat-trick ensured secured Town's safe passage through Saturday's preliminary round tie, albeit after falling one goal behind to the Northern Counties East First Division outfit.

The lower league visitors had a couple of early chances before Warrington's Tom Hardwick was adjudged to have brought down Scott Philips in the box on 17 minutes.

Philips got to his feet and calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net to give the visitors a deserved lead.

But Warrington responded and within a minute of the re-start skipper David Mannix forced a flying save out of Barton 'keeper Ben White.

Mannix also had the next chance when his long-range effort went wide on 28 minutes.

Warrington started to take controland two quick corners exerted more pressure on the visitors, with Ben Wharton heading wide on 30 minutes.

The pressure eventually told when Wharton slotted the ball through for the lively Anthony Hickey, who was brought down in the box. Up stepped Metcalfe to fire the ball into the back of the net and level the scores on 40 minutes.

Within a minute Metcalfe was celebrating his second as he calmly lobbed the keeper to make it 2-1 but Hickey was injured in the build-up and had to be carried off with a knee injury to be replaced by Chris Gahgan.

Just before the break Metcalfe and Louis Corrigan both found themselves in the referee's book alongside Conor Roberts who went into the book for a high challenge. Metcalfe joined him for not being 10 yards at a free kick and Corrigan for dissent.

After the break Barton started lively forcing Karl Wills to save smartly with his knees on 47 minutes.

On 64 minutes Corrigan fired across the box but no one could turn it into the net but on 74 minutes Wharton was brought down in the box allowing Metcalfe to complete his hat-trick.

Ten minutes from time substitute Gahgan latched onto a Doughty cross to make it 4-1.

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