22/23 Match Preview: Warrington Town

The Lions will hope to continue their five-match unbeaten run in the Northern Premier Division, as they face Warrington Town at Nethermoor Park on Saturday in a 3pm kick-off writes Harry Ware.

Tickets can be purchased online in advance here. Tickets will also be on sale on the day at the turnstiles with payment by cash only, it is also cash payments only inside the ground for programmes and 50/50 cash draw tickets. Food and drink from The Lions’ Diner and clubhouse food servery can be paid for by cash or card and the clubhouse accepts and prefers payment by card.

Tickets are priced at £12 adults, £8 concessions/students/registered disabled, U18’s £5 and accompanied U11’s £1.

Here’s a look at the two teams in the buildup to the game, as well as what Danny Ellis had to say after an impressive win at Macclesfield in the Isuzu FA Trophy.

Previous Meetings

This will be the first time in recent history that the two sides have met, having been in different leagues for a long period of time.

As a result, there will be bragging rights up for grabs in the first clash between the two teams ahead of a meeting in the Isuzu FA Trophy second round on Saturday 19th November.

The Lions’ Form Book

A draw last time out against Stafford Rangers means the Lions are now unbeaten in their last five games in the league, a run they will look to continue on Saturday.

One area which Danny Ellis will look to improve on is in defence, with his side having not kept a clean sheet in the league since the end of August.

However, after a positive 0-2 victory over Macclesfield in the Isuzu FA Trophy, the Lions will look to build on a good display at the back and take it into the league.

Callum Chippendale scored his second penalty since joining the club to put us in front at Stafford, however the same feat from Tom Tonks at the other end ensured both sides came away with a point.

A win against Warrington could take the Lions level on points with those in the play-off places, with South Shields, who currently occupy the last play-off spot, playing in the Emirates FA Cup this weekend.

A Look At Warrington Town

Mark Beesley will be happy with his Warrington Town side, after winning their last three games.

Last time out, they eased past fellow promotion contenders Matlock Town with a 3-1 victory, to go level on points with those in the play-off spots.

Warrington have kept three clean sheets on the road this season, two of those coming in their last three games, as they saw off Lancaster City and Liversedge.

A win could take the Yellows to the top of the table depending on other results on the weekend.

Luke Duffy and former England youth international Isaac Buckley-Ricketts are Warrington’s joint top scorers with four goals, in a team which has contributed to the goals from all over the pitch.

The Yellows can also count on football league experience in their ranks, with former Tranmere Rovers midfielder Jay Harris in midfield for Mark Beesley’s side, who will look continue their winning streak at Nethermoor on Saturday afternoon.

A Look At The Lions

Danny Ellis, Ross Daly, Spencer Harris and Andy Kellett are all likely to miss Saturday’s clash through injury.

Ellis missed the Isuzu FA Trophy win at Macclesfield after picking up an injury in the warm-up.

Ellis is boosted by the returns of Luke Dean and George Smith who both started the Isuzu FA Trophy first round win and will have Joe Ackroyd available after he signed an extension to his loan from Barnsley last week.

Ackroyd scored against Macclesfield last time out and will be full of confidence going into the weekend, after a loan extension which will be a huge boost to Danny Ellis’ side.

Callum Chippendale could return to the squad on the weekend but Charlie Wood is likely to miss out.

What Are They Saying?

Danny Ellis emphasized just how “proud” he was of his players after an impressive FA Trophy win over Macclesfield.

“Proud, immensely proud of the lads, throughout the whole squad.”

“Everybody today performed well against a team that are full-time doing well in the league and I thought we came here, 0-2, I thought it flattered them. I thought it could’ve been more. We had some great chances. They didn’t really trouble us all game. Very pleased.”

Ellis also spoke upon winning second phases.

“We’ve conceded a few goals from it (second ball), set pieces, corners, a couple of teams have done it to us this season. Second phase is key. We worked on that, and today it worked a treat. It’s a great header from Ackers, it’s a great ball in from Nicky (Walker).”

Speaking on Joe Ackroyd, he said: “He’s running balls down in the 93rd minute, he just shows what we’re trying to achieve, what the teams about, and the work rate which I’m sure all the fans will appreciate today, they were excellent as they always are, and pleasing for them today as well.”

“The players all know what’s expected, we’re in a good place. It’s been a good afternoon, and I’m very very proud of the lads.”

“I took a really bad hit Saturday, down at Stafford, trying to get through the game, I took it out my hands and gave someone else a chance to play and they’ve done great.”

Kwame Boateng also spoke to us after the Macclesfield game, and was pleased with his teammates’ performance.

“He’s given me an opportunity so I’m buzzing to be honest. It was good to finally keep a clean sheet, and it was a good performance.”

Tickets for the game with Warrington Town can be purchased at the turnstiles on the day with cash payment only or online in advance here. Don’t forget to pick up a matchday programme for just £3, it is packed full with exclusive content with what you will find inside here.

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