Warrington Town 2 Bamber Bridge 0

THE new year began in familiar fashion for Yellows as Bamber Bridge were eventually swept aside.

Connor McCarthy’s second-half double – his first goals since returning to Cantilever Park – ensured a seventh straight victory after Charlie Albinson’s penalty save took them into the break level.

With a trip to promotion rivals Farsley Celtic to come on Saturday, Town could not go into the game in better form.

With the visitors arriving with just one league win away from home all the season, all signs pointed towards Town extending their excellent form.

They made a decent start, too, with Jack Dunn racing clear and forcing a save from visiting custodian Danny Roccia.

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Jack Dunn fires towards goal in the first half. Picture by John Hopkins

However, it soon became evident that Brig were far from pushovers.

They pressed intently and got the ball down when they could, with the powerful and technically sound Danny Forbes prominent in midfield.

Albinson was called into action twice to push away efforts from top scorer Alistair Waddecar as belief grew in the away ranks.

Yellows were not without their moments either – with Dunn chipping an effort just wide with Roccia stranded off his line.

Just as the game looked to be drifting towards half-time, however, Warrington gave away a penalty for the third game in a row.

Mark Roberts was adjudged to have fouled his man from a free-kick – just as he had at Basford on Saturday – and referee Conor Brown pointed immediately to the spot.

Waddecar took responsibility, but Albinson guessed right to keep out his weak penalty.

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Charlie Albinson saves Alistair Waddecar's penalty. Picture by John Hopkins

It was a big let-off and just two minutes after half-time, they made the most of it.

Dunn was once again the architect as he wriggled clear of two defenders and charged into the area.

His cross was perfect, and McCarthy could not miss as he tapped in at the far post.

That settled Yellows down nicely, and they set about trying to double their lead.

Dom Reid could consider himself unlucky that he did not score, with his shot being deflected onto the crossbar.

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Dom Reid was unlucky not to score in the second half. Picture by John Hopkins

Roccia was helpless on that occasion, but what followed was a sequence of events the Brig keeper will want to forget in a hurry.

Firstly, he made an awful attempt at claiming a hopeful ball forward from Rob Evans and was lucky that the angle was too tight for McCarthy as he curled over.

Moments later, however, he was not so fortunate.

McCarthy could not connect properly with his shot as he charged into the box, but Roccia somehow allowed the ball to squirm beneath him and over the line.

He made amends slightly in denying substitute Josh Amis from point-blank range after another teasing run and cross from Dunn, but the damage had been done.

The visitors tried to respond, but all the life had been strangled out of them.

Dunn deserved a goal for another man-of-the-match performance and he was so close to getting one, but his shot crept just wide of the far post.

He went off injured shortly afterwards, taking the gloss off another fine display.

Still, there was no further alarm for Paul Carden’s side as they move on to bigger tests brimming with confidence.

Warrington Town: Albinson, Duggan, Whittle, Garrity, Roberts, Raven, Reid (Amis), Evans, McCarthy, Vassallo (Dixon), Dunn (Gumbs). Subs not used: Gray, Hughes.