It's 20 years since I visited The Dovecote, when I watched the mighty Lincoln City in a pre season friendly, not surprisingly we got lost on this visit and had to ask two kids where Butt Hole Lane was, very embarrassing!! Shepshed are now called Dynamo, in my day they were Charterhouse. The ground looks pretty much the same, tree-lined with a nice setting.
The game is on despite relentless rain, they have had their last few home games postponed, the pitch is heavy but playable. Warrington Town are the visitors, I saw them a few months ago in the 1st round of The FA Cup at Long Eaton and they looked more than useful, so I'm surprised to see they are as low as 19th whilst glancing at the league table.
Shepshed win a corner in the 1st min from which midfielder John Lambert powers home a header to put the home side in front. Ten mins later and Shepshed are two to the good after Nick Hawkins drills one home following good work by forward Daryl Thomas (ex Dunkirk FC)
Warrington are on the ropes, and missing leading scorer Phil Mitchell, their defence is struggling to cope with the pace of Thomas and his partner Richie Saunders. Right on half-time Shepshed keeper Noon makes a great save from Graeme Mitchell to preserve their two goal lead.
Warrington are straight out the blocks early in the second half and it was no surprise when Mitchell made amends for his earlier miss with a fine goal on 48 mins, following a mazy run, to reduce the deficit.
It's Shepshed who are now on the back foot, but totally against the run of play they increase their lead through Saunders, after Warrington keeper Mottram had saved bravely from winger Banks.
Dave Tickle, the Warrington right winger, gave his side hope in the 64th min, with a smart finish from the right hand side of the 18 yard area. Despite a frantic last 10 minutes Town couldn't convert the numerous chances they created and paid the price for a poor first half showing.
Shepshed were impressive on the attack and have in centre midfielder Jordan Lambert and right winger Robbie Banks, two fine young players. We retire to the bar to watch the final scores and were disappointed to find that only Carling and Worthington's are on tap.
Shepshed Dynamo 3 Lambert, Hawkins Saunders Warrington Town 2 Mitchell G, Tickle.
Man of the Match Warrington No.6 Matthew Farrell could surely play at a higher level.