If you’re ever following Warrington Town and wondering how you can gain a greater appreciation of the team, try engaging in this thought experiment: Apply the rules of blackjack to Warrington Town games.
This might seem like a stretch, but the more you think about it, the more blackjack actually makes sense as a comparison with Warrington Town. There’s a lot you can learn from a game of blackjack. In fact, many of the rules and best strategies of the game can be demonstrated on the field. So, if you want a deeper appreciation of both blackjack and Warrington Town, you might want to think about the many parallels between them.
Knowing When to Split
If you’re playing blackjack and you get two cards of the same number, you have the option to split them into two new hands, with the potential of doubling your wins. Splitting can be one of the most powerful tools in the hands of a blackjack player. But how can splitting be applied to Warrington Town?
Well, for starters, there’s the fact that Warrington Town often plays with two strikers, Josh Amis and Jack Dunn. The advantage for Warrington Town is clearly shown in the recent Warrington Town vs. Grantham Town match. In the first half, Dunn did most of the offensive work, including nearly scoring a goal which was blocked by the Grantham Town goalkeeper Jordan Wright.
Dunn’s efforts in the first half allowed Amis to go out in full force in the second half. Amis scored two goals in the first five minutes, and then a third one later in the game. This impressive performance probably had a lot to do with the fact that Amis was full of energy and Wright had been worn down by Dunn’s offensive in the first half.
Of course, splitting can come with risks in both football and blackjack, as it increases the possibility of failure. Splitting in blackjack means you’ll have twice the possibility of going over 21, and splitting striker duties in football means less focus on the defence.
Doubling Down on Your Strategy
In the 2014 FA Cup, Warrington Town were definitely the underdogs. In their first match against Exeter, some of the stats show the deck was stacked against the Yellows: Exeter had possession of the ball 72 percent of the time, and took 18 more shots than Warrington Town. Yet Warrington Town still came away with a clean 1-0 victory. How?
To explain Warrington Town’s stunning win, it’s useful to compare it to blackjack. In blackjack, an important tip is to double down on successful strategies. While emotions can mislead you in the heat of the moment, it’s usually best to copy what worked well before. Doubling down on your strategy in blackjack can mean playing it safe when you’re ahead, continuing to take big risks if you want to be number one in a tournament.
The importance of doubling down on a winning strategy is evident in Warrington Town’s 2014 FA Cup match against Exeter. The match began with a big surprise when Warrington Town scored a goal in the first seven minutes. Here, however, the winning strategy wasn’t an aggressive offence, but a strong defence: the Warrington Town player who scored the goal was a defender, Craig Robinson.
With this early advantage, Warrington Town didn’t take any more big risks throughout the game. Instead, seeing that it was their defence that was shining, the team focused on that, and it payed off. They were able to head off a relentless attack from Exeter, who sent 8 shots on target against Warrington Town.
As steady defence might not be the most exciting of strategies, but it’s one that gave Warrington Town one of its finest hours. One hundred league places may have seperated Warrington Town from Exeter at the start of the match, but by the end, just a single goal separated the two teams, and it was Warrington Town’s.