Opportunity taken

WITH several of their top-five rivals playing each other, a home game against the Evo-Stik Premier Division’s bottom side represented a golden opportunity for Yellows.

It was one they took in emphatic style, giving their goal difference a boost in the process.

A comfortable win was expected of them and they delivered and even though they do not have a game next weekend, they cannot be knocked out of the play-off places as a result of their inactivity.

With Nantwich Town and Scarborough Athletic both dropping points above them, Yellows are now within touching distance of the league’s summit again.

Hopefully their weekend off will not kill the considerable momentum they have built up with three victories in a row.

READ > Our take on Yellows' crushing win over Villagers

READ > Manager Paul Carden's post-match reaction

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Jake Kirby slams home Yellows' third goal. Picture by John Hopkins

Goalkeeper situation exhibits calmness

YOUR only fit, recognised goalkeeper gets injured the day before a game – a manager’s worst nightmare.

That’s exactly what happened to Charlie Albinson, forcing Yellows to go on a last-minute dash to find a replacement custodian, with Tony McMillan still not fit enough to return from a broken jaw.

They found one in the shape of Southport’s Josh Tibbetts, but the late change did not fluster Yellows.

A defence can sometimes take time to get used to a new voice behind them, but Mark Roberts and Dave Raven marshalled them expertly once again to ensure Tibbetts had a relatively stress-free debut.

It is hoped Albinson will be fit again when Town return to action against Buxton on December 22, and McMillan won’t be far behind him.

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Paul Carden was forced to look for a new goalkeeper at short notice for Saturday's game. Picture by John Hopkins

Evans shows his class amid rough treatment

WE will not know what went on in North Ferriby’s pre-match discussions, but there seemed to be a concerted effort to target Robbie Evans physically.

Every time the Welshman got the ball, he was immediately surrounded by Villagers players.

On plenty of occasions, he came in for some rough treatment with a few late tackles on him.

However, the fact he stood up to that and continued to keep Town ticking over shows his class.

He was substituted in the second half with a bit of a hamstring niggle, but it was another good display by the midfield duo of himself and Ben Garrity, who seems to just keep getting better.

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Robbie Evans coped well with some rough treatment in midfield. Picture by John Hopkins

Dunn gets his reward

ONE cannot help but be impressed by the way Jack Dunn has come in from the cold in recent weeks.

Some Yellows fans may have been forgiven for wondering if he was still at the club, but yesterday he served another reminder of the ability that saw him represent England at under 19 level.

For the second home game in a row, he produced a lively cameo off the bench but this time, he capped it with a well-taken goal – his first in Warrington colours.

Paul Carden said after the game that he had toyed with the idea of giving Dunn a start, but has he found his niche as a substitute?

He was deployed on the right wing when he came on, but he often found himself in a more central area and running at the heart of the North Ferriby defence.

His dribbling ability makes him a big threat to tiring defences.

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Jack Dunn capped another lively display with his first Warrington goal. Picture by John Hopkins

Hats off to McCarthy

YELLOWS’ pursuit of striker Connor McCarthy has been common knowledge for a few weeks and yesterday saw him make his second debut for the club off the bench.

However, it is remarkable he played at all considering his father Ronnie passed away on Friday morning.

Everyone would have forgiven him for giving the game a miss, but he showed up and produced an encouraging display when called upon.

It gives an indicator as to the sort of character he is, so hats off to him.

On the field, he is the kind of pacy, chase-lost-causes striker Yellows have been missing – at least on a permanent basis – since Jamie McDonald left prior to this season.

He arrives having started the season in fine form for Runcorn Linnets in the division below, so hopefully he picks up where he left off.

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Connor McCarthy - here in action during his loan spell with Yellows in the 2016-17 season - made his second debut for the club on Saturday despite his father passing away on Friday morning. Picture by John Hopkins