Wednesday night saw the Warrington seniors check their pockets for £1.70 (it seems to go up 50p every time we use it?) in change for the toll and head through the tunnel to the Wirral to play Port Sunlight. With a seriously depleted squad of only 9 players Warrington were still confident they had what it takes to get the win at The Oval leisure centre. With Tom Costello filming the match for his A-level coursework the pressure was on to put on a good show. The first quater saw goals from Tom Hadley and Paul Daintith as Warrington made a slow but measured start. The lack of experience in the squad really showed on the man up situations as the team were slow to set up and conversion rate was poor. 3 goals in each of the 2nd and 3rd quarters put Warrington 4-9 ahead going into the last quarter. Defending the deep end Warrington invited pressure on and although the defense was strong it was a tense last quarter which Warrington lost 2-0. Thankfully the lead was good enough to see out the win. The young players in the squad, Sam Cooper, Tom Costello and Tom Pye equitied themselves well and with more match practice the decision making and composure will continue to improve. Highlights of the game were Tom Hadley’s dominance in the pit and David Price’s steal and break away goal from half way. Onlookers were surprised he could swim that far and fast but the talismanic defender took it well. Andy Burke was again excellent in defense and Neil Musgrove and Peter Burke shared the goal keeping and defensive duties well. Ian Musgrove also put his trunks on but clearly more for show as he is not ready for his full comeback just yet. All in all a good win made harder than it needed to be but its the result that counts. Next week Bridgefield B at fortress Great Sankey.
Team: N Musgrove, T Hadley (4), D Price (2), A Burke, P Burke, T Costello (1), S Cooper, T Pye (1), P Daintith (1), I Musgrove