PAUL Carden says he could see “a little bit of anxiousness” in his Warrington Town players just before conceding against Atherton Collieries on Saturday.

For the fifth time in their six-match winless run, Yellows took the lead only to surrender it and draw, with Danny Lafferty’s late equaliser securing a point for Colls.

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Carden rued his side’s continuing tendency to “switch off at key moments” and the softness of Laffery’s goal from a long throw-in.

However, he insists his side are “not a million miles away” from putting things right.

“You could sense a little bit of anxiousness creeping in but we were still in control. They never really hurt us,” the Yellows boss said.

“I think the goal was their first attempt, which is massively disappointing as was how it came about.

“We’ve not won the first header or the second header and we’ve switched off for the third.

“At key moments, we’re switching off and we’re not being clinical enough.

“We should have been out of sight and that’s been evident in the draws we’ve had.

“In every one, we’ve been in front and had chances to go two, three and four goals up.

“By not doing that, we’re letting teams in. If you don’t take your chances, you’re always liable.

“It’s something we have to put right, but I don’t believe we’re a million miles away.”

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Before then, Ben Garrity had put Town ahead in fortunate circumstances as his attempted cross looped over Colls keeper Paddy Wharton and into the net.

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Ben Garrity puts Yellows ahead. Pictures by John Hopkins

They had chances to double their lead through debutant Jordan Buckley, whose performance Carden hailed as “outstanding,” and Dylan Vassallo, who hit the post from close range.

Buckley also could not hit the target after rounding Wharton and Yellows were eventually made to pay.

“Their game plan was always to stay in the game,” Carden said.

“Time and time again, we had chances to score but didn’t take them. We had two good chances with Jack Dunn and Tony Gray before we score.

“Ben’s goal was a bit fortunate but that’s the type of goal I felt we needed just to change our fortunes.

“If you look at all our goals in the past few games, they’ve all been well-worked. They’ve either been set plays or moves we work on.

“When one like that goes in, you think that’s going to get you off the floor.

“In the second half, we’re well on top and we’re dominating.

“Jordan Buckley, I thought, was outstanding. He led the line really well and he’s unlucky with a chance from a good move.

“The ball spills out to Dylan and he tries to do too much with the finish instead of rolling it in the goal from eight or nine yards.

“With more match time, Jordan scores when he goes round the keeper.”

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Jordan Buckley's debut was hailed as 'outstanding' by his manager. Picture by John Hopkins