New To The Division: Warrington Town

We continue our summer study into the new clubs joining us at National League North level for 2023/24 – and today we’re making the trip to Cheshire.

How did they get here?
Warrington Town clinched a place in National League North for the first time in their history on the back of a dramatic 1-0 win over Bamber Bridge in the Play-Off Final.

The Yellows had already made history by finishing runners-up in the Northern Premier League Premier Division – their highest placing since their inception in 1949.

But better was to follow in the Final when Isaac Buckley-Ricketts’ late strike proved decisive despite Warrington being reduced to ten men on 80 minutes when forward Josh Amis was sent-off.

The club was granted a civic reception upon their promotion, with the Mayor telling officials and players that they had delivered an achievement which the whole town could be proud of.

Where do they play?
Warrington Town have played their home games at Cantilever Park since 1965, a stadium which boasts a capacity of around 2,500.

It was also the stage for possibly one of the finest moments in The Yellows’ history when they defeated League Two side Exeter City in the First Round of the FA Cup in November 2014.

Who is in charge?
Mark Beesley was appointed as the new man in charge of Warrington Town in November 2021, stepping up from his previous role as assistant to Paul Carden at Cantilever Park.

A striker during his playing days, Beesley came through the ranks at Preston North End where he turned professional and went on to play for the likes of Chester City, Forest Green Rovers and Cambridge United.

He also played a short spell on loan at Warrington, where he returned as part of Carden’s management team when they took over in 2016.

Not surprisingly, Beesley put pen to paper on a fresh two-year deal with the club in March as he went on to plot their first foray into sixth tier of English football.

Beesley had previously managed Burscough and also done some coaching at an Academy run by former Liverpool star Robbie Fowler.

When did we last meet?
Moors last meetings with Warrington came during the 2016/17 campaign when the two sides were both in the Unibond Premier Division.

And Jason Ainsley’s side did the double over The Yellows that year, running out 4-1 winners at The Brewery Field in the opening month before triumphing 2-0 at Cantilever Park in March 2017.

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