IN pre-season matches, scorelines tend to be of secondary importance.

Nevertheless, winning convincingly away to Football League opposition as Warrington Town did against Tranmere Rovers this afternoon will catch the eyes of many.

Some of the players on the opposite side of the field had played Premier League – even Champions League – football earlier in their careers. All of them play the game professionally.

However, Yellows were not overawed and thanks to second-half goals from Jordan Buckley, Bohan Dixon and Jack Mackreth, came away victorious.

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Bohan Dixon battles with Tranmere's former Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing. Picture by John Hopkins

“They had a hell of a lot of league experience in that starting 11,” Town boss Paul Carden said.

“There’s things we need to work on but we get 90 minutes a week of training, they train every day.

“One thing I said to them before the game was not to think that playing in this environment is far away from them because its not and they’ve proven its not.

“They will be absolutely sick that we’ve come here and won 3-0, because they wouldn’t have been expecting it.”

It was far from a smash-and-grab, too – even before Buckley opened the scoring just after half time, Town had caused their more illustrious opponents moments of alarm.

Indeed by the time the hosts got a foothold into the game, they were indebted to goalkeeper Joe Murphy making an excellent save to deny Evan Gumbs – released by Rovers only this summer – a dream return to Prenton Park.

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Joe Murphy saves excellently to deny Town defender Evan Gumbs. Picture by John Hopkins

The League Two side did start to get some crisp passing and movement going, with Morgan Ferrier and Corey Blackett-Taylor looking particularly lively.

Town’s trialist goalkeeper was forced to tip a goalbound Otis Khan header onto the bar before Callum Grogan was well-placed to clear Blackett-Taylor’s curling effort off the line.

For everything Tranmere threw, though, there was always an answer.

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Evan Gumbs had his hands full dealing with the impressive Corey Blackett-Taylor but handled the task well. Picture by John Hopkins

“We were good. We started really well and their keeper made two really good saves,” Carden said.

“They grew into it which you’d expect them to do with the experience they have in their side.

“They had a spell but it was still a good, competitive game for 90 minutes.

“It was never them being totally dominant and us picking them off on the counter, it was toe-to-toe.

“We had a bite in us, which was pleasing to see.

“It is only pre-season but it doesn’t matter. If you want to win things, you have to approach every game the same way and that’s to win it.”

Buckley – ploughing a lone furrow up front with Bohan Dixon lending support from deep – worked hard and his goal was just reward.

He had to remain calm when a mix-up in the Tranmere defence presented him with an unexpected chance, but he did just that to lift the ball home.

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Jordan Buckley scores Town's opening goal. Pictures by John Hopkins

Blackett-Taylor had a couple of chances to level but was wasteful in front of goal. Midway through the second half, Dixon showed him the way.

Showing magic feet to send the Rovers defence every which way inside the area, his trickery opened up a clear gap at the near post for him to gleefully slot the ball.

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Bohan Dixon slots in the second goal. Picture by John Hopkins

The customary raft of changes had seen Buckley withdrawn and Mackreth moved into a more central position from the right wing berth to give the Tranmere defence a trial by pace.

It proved fruitful as he wriggled into the box only to be brought down by Mark Ellis.

Murphy got a fair hand to the wide man’s penalty, but in it went.

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Jack Mackreth entices a clumsy challenge out of Mark Ellis before converting the resulting penalty. Pictures by John Hopkins

On an otherwise perfect day, however, there was a tinge of disappointment.

Midfielder Charlie Munro – an impressive performer in pre-season fixtures against Skelmersdale and Irlam – was forced off with a hamstring injury in the first half.

It will be monitored, but the new signing’s chances of being fit for the start of the Northern Premier League season – currently scheduled for September 19 – appear slim.

“We’ll see how it settles but we’re looking at a couple of weeks at a minimum,” Carden said.

“I was gutted because I wanted him to have a taste of this and want more.

“It’s unfortunate but we’ll try and get him right.”

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Charlie Munro gets treatment on his hamstring injury. Picture by John Hopkins

Yellows do not have to wait long for their next assignment – Liverpool-based side Lower Breck are their hosts on Monday evening.

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Pictures by John Hopkins