Ellison content to make a point after Trophy exit
● 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.
Paul Shanley powers through for Runcorn Linnets in their clash with Radcliffe FC at the Millbank Linnets Stadium on Tuesday night.