WARRINGTON Town closed in on securing a play-off place with victory in their first of two games over the Easter weekend.

Two first-half goals were enough to secure a win at Atherton Collieries to keep them three points inside the Northern Premier League Premier Division's top five.

Stefan Mols converted a penalty after Colls skipper Danny Lafferty handled Jack Mackreth's cross before Josh Amis looped a header into the corner from Mitch Duggan's long throw.

Warrington Guardian:

Stefan Mols converts a penalty. Picture by Ben Roberts

Yellows now host Witton Albion on Monday knowing victory would all but secure a play-off spot.

Listen to Yellows boss Mark Beesley's post-match reaction here

Read sports reporter Matt Turner's full match verdict below

AT this time of the season, cool heads are needed.

Warrington Town have plenty of players in their side who have been around the block several times, and it showed on this occasion.

Having flown out of the traps and grabbed control early on, for the most part they were able to sit behind their jab and hold their hosts at arm’s length.

Warrington Guardian:

For the first half an hour or so, they looked as convincing as they have for a long time.

Time after time, they threatened the Atherton goal and could perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to score more than the two goals they managed.

Down the right flank in particular, Isaac Buckley-Ricketts and Jack Mackreth thrived in the space left by marauding Colls wing-back Gaz Peet.

Mackreth was playing closer to frontman Josh Amis in a more conventional forward two and with the extra support, the big striker thrived.

A clear winner of the physical battle with his markers, his goal was deserved for another excellent all-round display.

Warrington Guardian:

When the hosts did get a bit of a foothold either side of half time, Town were able to limit them so goalkeeper Dan Atherton had relatively little to do.

The hosts were aggrieved – unjustifiably – that referee Simon Kells awarded Yellows the early penalty that gave them control after skipper Danny Lafferty had clearly handled Mackreth’s cross, but they perhaps had more grounds for grievance when Peet appeared to be felled by Mitch Duggan at the other end.

There were a couple of hairy second-half moments when balls flashed across the six-yard box, but Town had more than earned their luck.

Pictures by Ben Roberts