PAUL Carden says his Warrington Town side deserved at least a replay as their FA Trophy run was ended by Wealdstone.

Danny Green's long-range strike, which squirmed through the grasp of Town keeper Tony McMillan, proved to be the winner in the 86th minute of the game.

The winner came just minutes after debutant Joe Pigott had dragged Yellows back into the game, equalising Green’s penalty.

Report: Wealdstone 2 Yellows 1.

As it happened: Wealdstone 2 Yellows 1.

Town created a number of chances but found Stones keeper Jonathan North proved a difficult barrier to pass and Carden said he was the difference between the sides.

“We were the better team today,” he told the Guardian.

“They had a 15-minute spell before half time when they came into it with set pieces and long balls.

“How their number 10 (Danny Green) got man of the match over the keeper is beyond me.

“He was head and shoulders above anyone in their team. He’s kept them in it at times.

“We never got that bounce in the box or that bit of fortune that you need at times. We had really good control at times and we played some good stuff to work the openings we did.

“If they are honest with themselves, they will say we were better.

“It’s not about that though, it’s about putting the ball in the net and we didn’t do it enough.

“Unfortunately, it’s been a mistake and a boggy goalmouth that’s been our undoing.

“The second was a shot that wasn’t struck with any venom, but it’s bounced and gone over Tony, hit his back and gone in.

“It’s unfortunate, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.”

The deadlock was broken in controversial circumstances as referee Sam Purkiss awarded Wealdstone a penalty after Edward Oshodi was adjudged to have been impeded in the area.

Carden says that even some of the Stones players were of the opinion Purkiss had got the decision wrong.

“From where I was, you can’t see,” he said.

“I asked Glen Wilson, their centre half, if it was a penalty and he said it never was. The lad has just put his feet together and fallen over.

“Sometimes we have to beat the officials and take their decisions out of the game, and we didn’t put the ball in the back of the net enough.

“We’ve made a mistake that has ultimately cost us and made his decision a telling factor.

“We can’t be having a go at the lads, everyone has performed.”