THEY may have avoided back-to-back league defeats, but Warrington Town will reflect upon what might have been.

Had they taken a number of first-half openings – plus a couple in the second period – they would have come away from North Yorkshire with a win.

The fact is though that this was another game in which they were not at their best.

A point at the Flamingo Land Stadium is usually a good result – plenty of teams will come here and lose this season – but it means the gap between Town and the league leaders gets wider even at such an early stage.

In truth, this was a game full of endeavour on both sides but devoid of attacking quality. A draw seemed about right.

All three of Scarborough’s home games so far this season had ended all square and on the first half’s evidence, another stalemate seemed a safe bet.

It is as if the Flamingo Land Stadium attracts draws – even when Yellows took the lead it lasted for just two minutes.

Warrington were struggling to sustain extended periods of possession but in terms of opening up defences, they had a bit of an edge.

On a flat and true 3G surface, Town were keen to get the ball down and utilise Jack Mackreth’s pace in behind.

The winger succeeded on several occasions and probably should have scored at least once before the break having slid one shot just wide before seeing another smothered by home stopper Tommy Taylor.

Pace was the way to go and Town had it with Mackreth, with Scarborough preferring the craft of Michael Coulson and powerful duo James Walshaw and Paul Walker.

In truth though, neither side was providing too much in the way of attacking threat in a half played at a painfully docile pace at times.

Scott Sephton’s poked finish from an Alex Byrne cross before Chris Dawson’s excellent strike threatened to spark things but an all-out assault on either goal never materialised.

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Scott Sephton puts Warrington ahead. Picture by John Hopkins

Yellows needed to have more possession to negate Scarborough’s physical advantage, but they were finding it hard to come by.

Instead, the hosts won almost everything aerially and were overpowering Town.

Josh Amis was brought on to remedy that and give Josh Barrett and Isaac Assenso in the Boro defence something else to think about.

He and fellow substitute Sheldon Jordan did just that, but it still did not prove enough.