Warrington Town 0 Tranmere Rovers 2

YELLOWS enjoyed a valuable pre-season test despite falling to defeat at Cantilever Park.

Newly-promoted League Two side Tranmere brought a strong squad for the game, but Paul Carden’s side acquitted themselves admirably in their second friendly game.

The visitors started well and Alex Honeyball was forced to clear off the line after a goalmouth scramble from a corner, while Tony McMillan saved well after a neat move put Jonny Smith in on goal.

Town got a foothold in the game, though, and one of the two starting trialists in their side came agonisingly close to putting them ahead.

His curling free kick smacked the underside of the crossbar, with ex-Yellows loanee Luke Pilling well beaten in the Tranmere goal.

Josh Amis somehow headed wide when Pilling failed to claim Dylan Vassallo’s free kick, while the Rovers goalkeeper saved well from the same player shortly afterwards.

Just as Yellows were enjoying their best spell in the game, however, Tranmere took the lead through Enrique Castana’s low finish.

Carden’s side continued to create chances, with Jamie McDonald smashing wide before seeing another close-range effort blocked.

When the clearance from the latter effort ricoched into the air, Amis steered a header on target but Pilling got back to save.

Both sides were much changed at the break and Tranmere doubled their lead from a set-piece.

Connor Jennings headed towards goal and Paul Mullin was on hand to turn the ball home from close range.

Town’s next friendly sees them travel to Runcorn Town on Saturday.