Padiham 1 Warrington Town 3
WARRINGTON Town triumphed 3-1 away at bottom-of-the-league Padiham condemning the Lancashire club to relegation.
Goals from Chris Gahgan, (pictured top) Ben Wharton, form the penalty spot and Robbie Booth secured all three points for the Yellows who are looking for a good end of season run-in before their league cup final at the end of the month.
Town were almost one up in the opening minutes when a flick by Wharton was brilliantly saved by the home keeper and from the resulting corner McCarten headed wide.
But for much of the first half Padiam belied their bottom-of-the-league status although they had keeper Davis to thank for another “worldie” save to deny Burke from eight yards out.
It took 42 minutes for Warrington to break the deadlock as good build up play from Tames and Burke set up Gahgan to fire into the net from inside the box to make it 0-1 at the break.
Keeper Karl Wills pulled off a fine save low down at the post on 48 minutes to ensure Town stayed in front.
Young full-back Liam Turner had a great chance to extend Warrington’s lead but fired at the keeper but moments later Wharton was brought down in the box and then picked himself up to send the keeper the wrong way to make it 0-2 on 48 minutes.
Four minutes later Wills was again called into action to make another fine one handed save down to his left.
Warrington made it three on 66 minutes when Gahgan turned provider setting up Booth to fire home from the edge of the box. With Mannix already on for Kinsella, Beattie and Collins were brought into the action for Booth and Tames.
On 70 minutes Burke was denied by another fine save from Davies in the Padiham goal. Five minutes later the home side were given slight hope when a mix up between Wills and McCarten allowed substitute Massanba to pull one back.
Collins missed a great chance to make it four for Town as the keeper somehow kept the ball out in a scramble and going into added time Wills was called back into action to deny the lively Curtis Haley with his feet.
The victory condemned Padiham to relegation as Warrington look to put a good end of season run in together ahead of their league cup final appearance.
Town: Karl Wills, Liam Turner, Tom Hardwick, Gerard Kinsella, (Mannix) James McCarten, Craig Robinson, (C) Chris Gahgan, Nathan Burke, Ben Wharton, Steven Tames, (Collins) Robert Booth (Beattie).
Subs: Louis Corrigan, Warren Beattie, David Mannix, Anthony Hickey, Ben Collins.