JOSH Amis' red card proved critical as Warrington Town surrendered a two-goal lead to slip to defeat at Cantilever Park.

Shortly after putting Yellows 2-0 up, the big striker received a second yellow card for an elbow on Basford defender Stef Galinski.

The visitors took their cue to assume control, with substitute Josh Scott's overhead kick winning the game after Matt Thornhill and Brad Gascoigne had pulled them level.

Jordan Buckley's poked finish had put Paul Carden's men in front, but Town now slip to a third straight defeat.

Basford also finished the game with 10 men, with striker Marcus Marshall being dismissed for a second booking in injury time.

Before the game, a minute's silence was held in memory of Roger Hunt, the Liverpool and England legend who started his career at Town - then known as Stockton Heath - who passed away on Monday.

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The Yellows team pay their respects to Roger Hunt. Picture by Lewis Tate

Listen to Warrington Town boss Paul Carden's scathing assessment of referee Matthew McQuillan's display here

Read our reporter Matt Turner's verdict on the game here...


NOT many would have seen this coming on the hour mark of this game.

At 2-0 up, Warrington Town were cruising to an impressive win – and a deserved one at that.

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Josh Amis rifles in Yellows' second goal. Seven minutes later, he was sent off. Picture by Lewis Tate

Another switch in formation to a midfield diamond was doing the trick and Basford were barely laying a glove on the hosts.

All the encouragement the first 60 minutes would have provided, however, will have been washed away by the way Town collapsed following Josh Amis’ red card.

Yes, having a man less to defend against a possession-based team like Basford for half an hour is an arduous task, but they should have made a better fist of it.

With a two-goal cushion to protect, to draw the game would have been a disappointment.

To lose it is an absolute crusher and it gives more indication that all is not as well as it should be in the Yellows camp.

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A dejected Yellows camp after Basford's late winner. Picture by Lewis Tate

In nearly five years at the club, Paul Carden has built his teams on a base of defensive rigidity – in their pomp, you could nye-on guarantee three points if they took the lead in any given game.

In this current run of three straight losses, however, they have conceded as many goals (9) as they had in their previous 10 games (8).

The manner in which the goals were conceded in this one will rankle, too.

They were not carved open by fancy football or long-range wonder strikes, although Josh Scott’s bicycle kick finish for the winner was mightily impressive.

But even then as for the first two goals, it came from crosses or set pieces that they had chances to clear but did not.

For all their improvement at the top end of the pitch – Jordan Buckley continues to show razor-sharp form – things will not improve until the back door is kept shut.

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Jordan Buckley scores and celebrates his sixth goal of the season. Pictures by Lewis Tate