IN some respects, Warrington Town may be happy with a point from this game.

Stainton Park is a tough place to come against a side still riding the crest of a wave after promotion, and Yellows left with their unbeaten away record intact.

However, it is the performance that will irk Paul Carden the most.

They may have played the same starting side, but it was as if a completely different team took the field.

The fluidity of Tuesday night was gone, albeit they had a significant slope to contend with in the first half.

Still, with the quality of player they have in their side, they should have negated it.

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Too often they played too direct – easy for Radcliffe’s defenders to deal with – and when they did get the ball down, the final ball was lacking.

That said, they were rarely troubled by a home side that were limited outside of Tyrese Sinclair’s opener.

That came about more thanks to some miscommunication in defence that left Tony McMillan stranded, but Sinclair’s finish was excellent.

The slope played its part in that as well and Radcliffe were seeking to use it to their advantage, frequently knocking the ball into the channels for Liam Ellis and ex-Yellow Ben Wharton to hold up well.

Yellows had to make the most of it, too, but were failing to do so initially.

They continued to fall into the trap of going too direct, while Radcliffe were happy to play for cheap free kicks.

That was, however, until Matty Chadwick took things into his own hands – charging in from the right to set up Tony Gray for a tap-in.

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Tony Gray equalises for Yellows. Picture by John Hopkins

They needed a spark and a catalyst, and the goal looked like being just that – but not necessarily for a Town barrage.

Sinclair continued to cause problems on the left, first for Dave Raven and then for Mitch Duggan after the former was taken off.

From it going very much one-way, things were far too end-to-end for Paul Carden’s liking.

They seemed too panicky going forward and still too quick to take the direct route.

Corners were forced and in the end, they looked the most likely route to goal as Radcliffe proved too well-organised.

In truth, Town did not do enough to win.