Please note that although the original fixtures gave us a free Saturday, we are in fact now playing away to Warrington. Saturday is the date of the next round of the F A Trophy but with both us and Warrington out of the competition it makes sense for the League to reschedule this game that was originally postponed due to Warrington having to play a FA Cup replay. Sadly, for us it is yet another away fixture which gives us a run of 7 away games without a home fixture.
Historically, this is a relatively new fixture as the sides had never met until our promotion back to step 3 in season 2016/17. Saturday 17th December 2016 was our first ever visit to Cantaliver Park nestled right next to the Manchester Ship Canal. We cruised to a 2-0 lead and the fog started to come down and the referee abandoned the game. Justice was done when the game was replayed in April and we won 2-1. We returned to Warrington 2017/18 but lost 1-0. However, it is our last visit to Warrington last season that is the one that is best remembered.
We pulled off a shock win at leaders Warrington which eased our relegation fears. Warrington played most of the game with 10 men after a dismissal on 14 minutes. They were on an 8-match unbeaten run and despite being a man down Warrington took the lead on 21 minutes. However, as half time approached Warrington failed to clear a free kick and Luke Jones equalised.
Around the hour mark, Rangers scored two goals in three minutes, from Theo Bailey-Jones and a header from Luke Jones. Theo almost made it 4 a few minutes later. Warrington pulled a goal back with 3 minutes to go and laid siege to the Rangers goal for an equaliser, but in stoppage time Adam Siviter pulled off a stunning save to earn his side all three points. It was the travelling Rangers fans in the crowd of 553 that were celebrating at full time.
Warrington’s home form has been hit and miss this season winning 3, drawing 1 and losing 3. They however have already beaten Bamber Bridge 3-1 at home which puts extra pressure on our visit. If we can repeat our heroics from last season than who knows what can happen. You support is much needed so for those travelling by car you will need the sat nav of WA4 2RS, and for rail travellers you have a short walk from Warrington Bank Quay after a change at Crewe.
Games played on November 9th this century
2002 Chelmsford A 2-0 Southern League
2013 Chorley H 1-3 Northern Premier League
2016 Bilston A 3-1 Walsall Senior Cup