Her­bert – Race for the ti­tle back on once again

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Sport -

● CHRIS HER­BERT be­lieves the Hall­mark Se­cu­rity League Pre­mier Di­vi­sion ti­tle race is “wide open” af­ter City of Liver­pool’s 1-1 draw with 1874 North­wich last week­end.

The Pur­ples have now taken one point from their last two games and Run­corn – who lost out in a 5-4 thriller to New­cas­tle Ben­fied in the FA Vase third round last Satur­day – could move within nine points of the lead­ers this week.

Her­bert said: “City of Liver­pool have dropped a few points and it’s opened it up for every­body else. We feel like the league is wide open now.

“It’s mad. We’ve had the same sit­u­a­tion [last sea­son] where it com­pletely went on us and we just couldn’t pick re­sults up. It’s wide open. That’s how I’m see­ing it. It’s wide open for us all.

“We’re out the cup now. We’re scor­ing goals and mak­ing silly mis­takes at the minute but we’re back in the league race now.

“We’re in with a shot and that’s what we have to con­cen­trate on. For us, it’s all about putting our­selves back in the ti­tle race. That’s what we want and it’s there for us to do. We’re champ­ing at the bit. I feel so pos­i­tive about it now be­cause of what we’re do­ing. The lit­tle changes and the pos­i­tiv­ity from the lads when we’re hav­ing a chat about what we’re look­ing to do, we’re feel­ing pos­i­tive about it now.”

Her­bert also con­firmed two new sign­ings – with one more to po­ten­tially fol­low – as as he looks to shore up his back-line ahead of this Satur­day’s clash with Sils­den.

Town have lost five of their last seven games in all com­pe­ti­tions – ship­ping a dis­ap­point­ing 20 goals in that pe­riod – and the man­ager ad­mit­ted he has lost pa­tience with sev­eral of his play­ers.

“Some of the lads have got­ten a lit­tle stale at the minute so we’ll take them out of the equa­tion for the minute and freshen things up,” he added.

“I’ve got lads sit­ting on the bench that I’ve not given a chance to and I’ve stuck by the lads who’ve been in but the re­sults haven’t been right.

“We’ve lost five in seven. That’s bot­tom of the league form. I can’t leave it like that. I’ll make those changes that will hope­fully give us a lit­tle boost and a lit­tle more en­ergy. We know we’ve got it there. We’ve got Char­lie En­nis on-loan from Bux­ton, Mor­gan Ba­con, a goal­keeper, from Stafford on loan and we’re bring­ing in a cen­tre­half over the next cou­ple of days.”

Town’s game at home to Sils­den on Satur­day kicks-off at 3pm. Run­corn also have home ad­van­tage next Wed­nes­day night when Padi­ham are the vis­i­tors to the Viri­dor Com­mu­nity Sta­dium. The match has a 7.45pm kick-off time.

Paul Wat­son/ FJA Pho­tog­ra­phy

Run­corn Town skip­per Si­mon Thel­well leads the race for the ball dur­ing the FA Vase clash with New­cas­tle Ben­field.

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