THERE was a long-awaited return to action for Warrington Town yesterday as their preparations for the new season got underway in earnest.

Just as in their last game 158 days previously – a 3-2 Northern Premier League win over Matlock Town in their last game before coronavirus curtailed the campaign – left-back Tom Warren was their unlikely late hero.

This time though, his intervention secured a draw as Yellows played out a 2-2 draw with North West Counties League outfit Skelmersdale United.

Jack Dunn had given Town an early lead, but Luke Holden equalised before half time for the hosts in the behind-closed-doors affair.

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Jack Dunn fires in the opening goal. Picture by John Hopkins

Former Town striker Richard Brodie then looked to have sealed victory for Skelmersdale by converting a late penalty he won before Warren bundled home a cross to save a draw.

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Tom Warren scores Yellows' equaliser. Picture by John Hopkins

Manager Paul Carden fielded a mixture of old faces and new signings, with summer additions Callum Grogan, Joel Amado, Charlie Munro and Craig Carney all getting run-outs.

Several triallists also featured as they sought to impress the watching Town boss.

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Yellows manager Paul Carden watches on. Picture by John Hopkins

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