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Warrington Town up to seventh in the Evo-Stik Division One North
10:26am Monday 11th February 2013 in Football
Warrington Town 4 Wakefield 1
A CIARAN Kilheeney brace helped Warrington Town record their second win on the bounce and move up to seventh in the Evo-Stik Division One North.
With manager Shaun Reid handing debuts to Andy Fowler, a recent signing from the Premier Division's third-placed side Marine, and Paul Brown, it was actually the host's more established players that proved the difference against struggling Wakefield.
In a tense first half it was Town who started the game the quickest of the two sides, with Fowler shooting over within two minutes.
Wakefield were soon into the game, and went close in the fifth minute, striker Tom Marsden flashing a header straight at Andy Robertson in the Town goal.
Just before the quarter hour Town went close to taking the lead, a John Miles free kick being missed by everyone before the ball eventually fell to centre back James McCarten to shoot wide of the post.
Town were now in total control of the game and should have been ahead when Hine shot over from the edge of the area, before Ciaran Kilheeney saw his shot saved on to the post by Bennett.
The hosts eventually made their dominance tell in the 27th minute, when, after a foul on John Miles by Wakefield defender John Douglas, Kilheeney stepped up to dispatch the resultant penalty.
But less than 30 seconds later Wakefield were level, a long hopeful ball from the Wakefield defence being left for home keeper Robertson, who slipped as he approached the ball and allowed Wakefield striker Caldon Henson to slot home into the empty net.
The Yellows kicked it back into gear after the break, Kilheeney twice shooting over before his lob over the stranded Bennett completed a trio of efforts that flew over the crossbar.
But just before the hour mark came the breakthrough, McCarten meeting Miles' corner to power home a towering header beyond Bennett.
It was the break the hosts needed and it meant that when Miles' free kick close to the touchline cleared the melee in the box and nestled into the far top corner, the game was all but over.
Efforts from Josh Hine and Ash Ruane went close to completing the rout, but it was left to Kilheeney to complete the scoring when he beat his marker to slot home his second goal in injury time.
Town: Robertson, Davies, Doran, Parle, McCarten, Dogan (c), Andy Fowler (d)(Mooney, 80), Mannix (Paul Brown, (d), 72), Kilheeney, Hine, Miles (Ruane, 72).