El­li­son happy with ‘ugly’ win

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Sport - BY SAM CAR­ROLL sam.car­roll@reach­plc.com @SamCar­roll0

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.

James Eastup

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.

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