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Warrington Town gain first points of the season against Ramsbottom United
10:06am Monday 26th August 2013 in Football
Warrington Town 1 Ramsbottom United 0
TOWN registered their first points of the season at the third time of asking courtesy of Saturday’s victory over Ramsbottom United.
Liam Dawson pounced on a short back pass by namesake Andy Dawson to coolly slot over onrushing goalkeeper Grant Shenton to score what proved to be the winner on 38 minutes.
The goal came against the run of play, as the visitors had the better of much of the first half.
Town goalkeeper Craig Dootson saved smartly from Mark Drew's low free kick, and was also at full stretch to deny Dawson with a header.
The move by Warrington boss Shaun Reid to switch left midfielder Dawson with striker Ciaran Kilheeney midway through the first half proved a shrewd one when Dawson bagged his goal, and it settled the hosts.
Marshalled superbly by centre back Craig Robinson, Town managed to get control of the game and were rarely threatened in the second half.
Peter Dogan came closest to doubling Warrington's lead, his fine volley hitting the outside of the post after good build-up play by Dawson.
As Ramsbottom pressed for an equaliser both Kilheeney and Ben Wharton had chances to finish the game off, but Town were forced to hold on to their slender advantage.
Man of the match was keeper Dootson, who pulled off some fine saves to ensure Town secured three valuable league points.
Warrington: Dootson, Davies, Kennedy, Dogan (Millington), McCarten, Robinson, Gahgan (Newby), Mannix, Wharton, Kilheeney, Dawson. Subs not used: Mooney, West, Greenford.
Ramsbottom: Shenton, Warrender, Pilkington (Warburton), Drew (Spencer), Dawson, Hulme, Smalley, Stopforth, Gaskell (Brooks), Robinson, Dean. Subs not used: Toth, Bradbury.
* Town are away to Northwich Victoria today, kick off 3pm,
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