El­li­son de­lighted as youth de­liver Se­nior ser­vice

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Sport -

RUN­CORN LIN­NETS en­joyed a hugely-suc­cess­ful few days as they thrashed West Didsbury & Chorl­ton 7-0 in the league last Satur­day be­fore net­ting a late win­ner against Con­gle­ton Town in the cup on Tues­day evening.

Lin­nets’ stop­page-time goal net­ted by Stu­art Well­stead in the Cheshire Se­nior Cup capped off an im­pres­sive dis­play from a young side.

Man­ager Michael El­li­son made five changes to the start­ing XI which picked up a con­vinc­ing win in the Hall­mark Se­cu­rity League Premier Di­vi­sion on Satur­day.

Two of those al­ter­ations were a 17-year-old right-back and an 18-year-old mid­fielder so boss El­li­son was un­der­stand­ably de­lighted with the dis­play and mak­ing progress in the cup com­pe­ti­tion.

“It was a re­ally im­pres­sive per­for­mance. We did well on Satur­day and I made five changes for the cup game,” he said.

“I played lots of young play­ers so it was a good op­por­tu­nity for them and it was a chance to give some of our reg­u­lar play­ers some rest.

“Ob­vi­ously we have had a lot of in­juries re­cently so it is im­por­tant to keep them fresh and it was nice to give the young­sters a game.

“It was end-to-end but I thought we de­served the win in the end.

“I’m pleased we got that goal be­cause it has given the team a real buzz.

“We missed a cou­ple of chances be­fore that too. I don’t think ei­ther squad needed it to go to ex­tra-time and I was wor­ried it was.

“I made a few changes and they were all in­volved in the goal so I was over the moon and it was an ex­cel­lent goal too!”

Run­corn Lin­nets re­turn to ac­tion on Satur­day when they en­ter­tain North­ern League Di­vi­sion One out­fit Sun­der­land RCA in the sec­ond round of the FA Vase at the Mill­bank Lin­nets Sta­dium (kick-off 3pm).

El­li­son is ex­pected to make sev­eral more changes to the start­ing line-up as he wel­comes back some ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers and oth­ers who are re­turn­ing from in­jury.

How­ever, El­li­son was “im­pressed” by the per­for­mances of his young stars and high­lighted Kasie Jones as some­one who could be up for se­lec­tion again in the near fu­ture.

“We will take it very se­ri­ously – it is a big game for us. We drove up to Sun­der­land this week to have a look at them,” said El­li­son.

“We know what to ex­pect and we know what we have to do be­cause we have done our home­work on them and are pre­pared.

“The play­ers did re­ally well in the cup game and it was re­ally good to give the kids a game so they proved them­selves.

“Adam Jones got an in­jury which was a set-back for us but that is foot­ball and we are start­ing to get used to the in­juries!

“Young Kasie Jones was ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic and it was against a tough Con­gle­ton side so he re­ally, re­ally im­pressed me at right-back.

“I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted for the young­sters.”

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