Tom Wardle Reports as Passant’s Penalty Save Earns Marine a Point in Warrington…
Bayleigh Passant saved Stefan Mols’ penalty inside the opening quarter of an hour as Marine battled out a goalless draw against Warrington Town at Cantilever Park, in their final game of the calendar year. The result means the Mariners remain in fourth place after keeping their eleventh clean sheet of the season in the Northern Premier League.
Neil Young started the same side that beat Lancaster City 3-1 in their last league game 23 days ago.
The hosts came close inside ten minutes. A deep corner was put back into the danger zone where Mols headed towards goal, though Sean Smith was in the right place at the right time to head away off the goal line.
The Yellows were awarded a spot kick minutes later. Josh Solomon-Davies was adjudged to have fouled Isaac Buckley-Ricketts inside the box. Mols stepped up but Passant was equal to it, palming the ball away to his left.
At the other end, Andy Scarisbrick thought he had put the Lilywhites ahead. Charley Doyle’s shot was parried by Anthony Thompson into the feet of Scarisbrick who made no mistake, however the linesman called him offside.
Chances kept on coming and going for both sides. Buckley-Ricketts bundled a shot that fell perfectly into the path for Mols, who could only strike his sliding effort off the post, despite Passant being away from his goal.
Marine continued to go toe-to-toe with the hosts after the break.
A wicked Lucas Weir cross was fumbled by ‘keeper Thompson, but Sol Solomon couldn’t react quick enough to pounce on the error.
Doyle had the Mariners’ best chance of the game on 70 minutes. Following one of Jordan Lussey’s chaotic long throws, a cross was met by Doyle on the volley, though he wasn’t able to convert from five yards out.
Bohan Dixon had two great opportunities in two minutes nearing the final whistle. His first arose when he shrugged off Jonny Spittle before cutting inside the box and fired a shot marginally over the bar.
The former Mariner’s second chance came in a similar area. He was able to place his effort on target this time which Passant dived low to keep out.
A mix-up at the back almost allowed substitute Jordan Buckley to score in the dying seconds of the match. The forward fortunately intercepted and shot from close range, though he saw his effort bounce off the side-netting.
Marine showed why they have the best defensive record in the league, taking a well-earned point back to Crosby.
The Mariners return to the Marine Travel Arena in the new year, welcoming Warrington Rylands for a 3pm kick-off on Monday 2nd January.
Warrington Town: Thompson, Seary, White, Hannigan, Gumbs, Harris, Mols (Buckley 63), McDonald (Williams 74), Buckley-Ricketts, Dixon ©, Duffy (Duggan 77).
Unused Substitutes: Walker, Mfuni.
Marine: Passant, Solomon-Davies, Smith (Barrigan 51), Lussey, Wardle ©, Spittle, Weir, C. Doyle, Touray (Howarth 67), Solomon, Scarisbrick (Campbell 85).
Unused Substitutes: Clark, Price.