WHILE proud to reach a milestone at Warrington Town, Paul Carden is more concerned with marking it by beating Matlock Town tonight.

The game at Cantilever Park is Carden’s 150th league match in charge of Yellows - his tenure started in October 2016 and has featured play-off campaigns in both of his full seasons at the helm.

In their quest for a third straight appearance in the BetVictor Northern Premier League Premier Division’s end-of-season shake-up, though, the importance of three points against their struggling opponents cannot be underestimated.

Having won 2-0 at Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday for their first win on the road since October, Carden is now looking to record back-to-back wins for the first time since winning three matches in a row back in November.

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Josh Amis celebrates doubling Yellows' lead at Stalybridge on Saturday. Picture by John Hopkins

“I wasn’t aware of it, to be honest,” he said of the milestone.

“There’s not too many managers get to 150 games at one club, so it shows we’ve done something right along the way.

“It’s nice but it would be even nicer if we got a win.

“The main thing about it is backing up Saturday with a win and do something which I feel we haven’t done for a long time which is get back-to-back wins.

“I know we’ve had spells unbeaten and we’ve not lost many, but back-to-back wins have been hard to come by.”

Town will be without midfielder Scott Brown, who limped out of Saturday’s game with a hamstring injury.

He joins Dave Raven (also hamstring) and Tony McMillan (calf) on the sidelines but Adam Carden is expected to return to the side.

The Town boss’s younger brother looks set to start at right back, allowing on-loan Huddersfield Town youngster Isaac Marriott to move to his preferred position of central midfield.

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Having played at right back on Saturday, Isaac Marriott looks set to play in his more natural central midfield role against Matlock Town. Picture by John Hopkins

Jordan Buckley’s goal just two minutes into the second half at Bower Fold set Yellows on their way on Saturday before Josh Amis sealed the victory in injury time.

There was no doubt in Carden’s mind that the win was merited despite a period of Stalybridge pressure after the break.

“We started well after the break with a well-worked goal early on,” he said.

“We probably should have had another one after we scored, but then they came into it.

“Being the home team, they put balls into the box and asked questions.

“It wasn’t with any real quality but we were going up a slope and into a breeze, which wasn’t as strong as it could have been but you could tell it was there.

“I thought we handled it very well – Robbo (Mark Roberts) and Mitch (Duggan) made blocks and Bobby (Jones) makes a good save.

“Those players are there to do those sorts of things but they did them well.

“I thought we always looked a threat and we looked like we were going to make something else happen.

“We had a few chances before we scored the second. We totally deserved the result, to be honest.”

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Jordan Buckley celebrates opening the scoring. Picture by John Hopkins