PAUL Carden hailed last night’s play-off semi-final victory over Nantwich Town as his best night as Warrington Town manager.

Yellows trailed at half-time but stormed back to win 4-1 at a raucous Cantilever Park and book a final date with South Shields on Saturday.

Carden has overseen many memorable victories in this year’s run to the FA Cup fourth qualifying round and last season’s FA Trophy, but he says last night tops the lot.

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He also believed the decision to send Bohan Dixon on for Mitch Duggan at the break changed the game in his side’s favour.

"That was probably the best night we've had here because of the size of the game,” he said.

"I thought from the off, we had an intent and intensity about us. We didn't let them play the way they like to play.

"We made a slight change in shape and it caused problems for them, but at half time I thought we needed to impose ourselves in their half more.

"Bohan Dixon came on, grabbed hold of the game in their half of the pitch and really gave us a focal point

"I thought we were more than good enough for the result, to be honest."

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Warrington Town celebrate their third goal - a Jack Dunn free kick that went in off Nantwich keeper Lloyd Allinson. Picture by John Hopkins

Yellows sprang a slight surprise by lining up in a 4-3-3 system – a change from their usual preference of a variation of 4-4-2.

Carden explained the reasoning behind his change in tactics.

“In the two league games we’ve had against them, they have a way of playing through the middle of the pitch,” he said.

“They have Caspar Hughes, Matt Bell and Sean Cooke playing as a 10. When we’ve had two in there, they’ve outnumbered us because they move the ball well.

“The idea was always to nullify Cooke and to push Ben (Garrity) and Robbie (Evans) onto Caspar and Bell to stop their threat through the middle.

“We also wanted to get our wide players higher and closer to Tony Gray.

“I thought it worked to a degree – one hit the keeper’s leg and we’ve had another couple of half-chances – but we took it to another level in the second half.

“We used the ball well and our goals were quality.”

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Ben Garrity scored two goals that were almost carbon-copies of each other – both headers from Jack Dunn corners – while an own goal from Dabbers keeper Lloyd Allinson and Tony Gray provided the other goals.

“Ben’s been unfortunate not to score more goals,” Carden said.

“At times he’s been early on those or just under the ball.

“We have worked on that corner all season, but we haven’t done it. That’s actually the first time this season we’ve done it.

“I couldn’t fault the lads’ effort and response to their goal.

“We started and finished the first half better.”

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Ben Garrity heads in his second goal. Picture by John Hopkins

Almost 1,500 fans packed into Cantilever Park for the game – by far Yellows highest gate of the season – and it made for a superb atmosphere.

Carden was full of praise for the support they gave his side.

“The fans were brilliant to be fair,” he said.

“I see they’ve nicked Liverpool’s “Allez Allez Allez” song. I haven’t figured out the words yet but I like that.

“The fans matched the performance on the pitch and I’m just glad the numbers that came actually saw what we can be about.

“That was pleasing and hopefully that makes them come back.”