El­li­son con­tent to make a point af­ter Tro­phy exit

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Sport -

● RUN­CORN LIN­NETS man­ager Michael El­li­son ad­mit­ted he was pleased with the goal­less draw with Rad­cliffe FC on Tues­day evening.

Lin­nets were dumped out of the FA Tro­phy 4-2 by Ather­ton Col­lieries last Satur­day af­ter­noon but picked up their first clean sheet in four games at the Mill­bank Lin­nets Sta­dium.

“That was the key thing that we spoke about be­fore the game – keep­ing them out,” El­li­son said.

“It was a hard time to play Rad­cliffe. They’ve had some tough re­sults of late so we knew they’d have a re­ac­tion. They’re a good side. Their front three are the best we’ve came up against all sea­son but we were the bet­ter side.

“Our keeper made one save and their keeper got man-of-the-match so it tells a story in it­self.

“That’s the first time we’ve not scored this sea­son and the third time we’ve failed to score in a home game in my three sea­sons here, so I can’t re­ally moan. I was re­ally pleased with the per­for­mance and it’s even more pleas­ing com­ing off the back of a poor per­for­mance at the week­end, so I’m happy with the point.”

The draw kept Run­corn top of the Evo-Stik League West ta­ble de­spite only be­ing pro­moted at the end of the last cam­paign.

The club were handed a fur­ther boost this week af­ter be­ing voted the League’s Club of the Month for Septem­ber.

“It was nice. It’s one for the club and they were de­lighted to get it,” El­li­son added.

“We won the league last sea­son and didn’t win it once! It’s bril­liant to win it in our sec­ond month in the Evo-Stik and the club have been work­ing hard be­hind the scenes on things like the pitch and the bar so it’s one for them too.

“It just shows how well we’ve been do­ing in the league and long may it con­tinue.”

Lin­nets face a long jour­ney north to Cum­bria on Satur­day af­ter­noon when they visit strug­gling Ken­dal Town. The clash at the Lake­land Ra­dio Sta­dium kicks-off at 3pm. Run­corn are with­out a mid­week game next week.

James Eastup

Paul Shan­ley pow­ers through for Run­corn Lin­nets in their clash with Rad­cliffe FC at the Mill­bank Lin­nets Sta­dium on Tues­day night.

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