THIS is not a point Warrington Town would have accepted before kick off.

A home game against a side second from bottom of the table, winless in six and without an away victory all season – nothing other than three points would have done.

Such was the abject nature of their first half display, however, they probably would have taken a draw at half time.

Their fightback after half time has to be admired, but it really should not have been necessary. Town should not have to score more than three times in a home game – or any game for that matter – to be sure of victory.

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Scott Brown's free kick drifts into the corner for Town's equaliser, but parity lasted just three minutes. Picture by John Hopkins

Granted, there may have been question marks about the legality of Grantham’s third goal. Although exquisitely and quite cheekily finished by Akeel Francis’ backheel, the officials should have spotted a clear foul on Bohan Dixon in the build-up.

The two-goal lead was the least the Gingerbreads deserved for their first-half efforts, though. They came with a gameplan and it was working perfectly.

Town set up in a 4-4-2 formation and with a genuine left-footer in Luke Wall on the left flank, it should have provided width and balance.

Too often, though, Yellows came through the middle and when they did, Dixon and Scott Brown were pounced upon by the Grantham midfield to set the pace, power and trickery of Francis and Curtis Morrison away on the counter.

There were clear traps set, but Town fell straight into them and it left their defence badly exposed.

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Fast forward to the second half, though, and it was like watching a different team altogether.

Town were running harder, tackling harder and looked infinitely more threatening than in the first 45. Whatever was said at half time had the desired effect.

Josh Amis’ introduction from the bench finally gave the Grantham centre-halves, who had a relatively easy time of it beforehand, something to think about.

Quite simply, the big man bullied them but his link-up play livened the likes of Tony Gray, Jack Mackreth and Luke Wall.

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Josh Amis deserved his goal. Picture by John Hopkins

Once Town had halved the deficit, there seemed an inevitability about the equaliser and when that duly came, Grantham were standing on the cliff edge.

All Yellows had to do was nudge them off. The fact they didn’t may even be a cause for disappointment for some but at two goals down, you take what you can get.

Still, more dropped decreases the margin for error even more for the remainder of the season. Does this side have it in them to storm into the play-offs?

On the evidence of the first half, almost certainly not. The second? Just maybe…

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Tony Gray just fails to connect with a second-half cross. Picture by John Hopkins