Ellison happy with ‘ugly’ win
RUNCORN LINNETS manager Michael Ellison has warned the rest of the EvoStik League West that his side can only get better this term.
Linnets’ pre-season was disrupted by injuries, holidays and a summer heatwave but the newlypromoted outfit have bounced back to lead the division in their first ever season at this level.
After defeating Kendal Town 2-1 up in Cumbria last Saturday, Tuesday night’s clash with Kidsgrove Athletic was postponed – but the manager was glad of an extended break. “It’s a welcome rest,” he said. “It gives us seven days break before a tough game against Colne on Saturday so I think it’s a good thing.
“We didn’t play in midweek and hopefully we can have a few lads back for Saturday. I’ve got my fingers crossed!”
Linnets’ injury problems have continued despite their startling beginning to life in the Evo-Stik but Ellison’s men hold a one point lead over Atherton Collieries at the top of the division.
When asked if his side will get better as the season progresses and players return, the boss replied: “Definitely. I think we have to improve and we will improve.
“On Saturday we were nowhere near our best but I said to the lads it’s about ticking boxes and that was another box ticked.
“We won ugly which is a good sign for a manager – especially when you’ve not got the players available that you want.
“We’ll certainly have to improve going away to Colne on Saturday. No disrespect to Kendal but Colne are a good side who beat Kendal in midweek 4-1.
“If we can get lads back to full fitness we will improve, I’ve got no doubt about that.”
After the trip Colne on Saturday – kick-off 3pm – Linnets will finally have the chance to welcome Kidsgrove Athletic next Tuesday evening as they look to continue their flying start.
The match at the Millbank Linnets Stadium next Tuesday night kicks-off at 7.45pm.
Connor McCarthy celebrates his goal for Runcorn Linnets against Kendal Town last Saturday afternoon, a match Michael Ellison’s side won 2-1 thanks to a Danny O’Brien penalty late on. Full report on page 45.