‘On­wards and up­wards now’

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Sport - BY SAM CAR­ROLL sam.car­[email protected]­plc.com @SamCar­roll0

● Striker Fred­die Pot­ter slides away in de­light af­ter scor­ing what proved to be the win­ning goal for Run­corn Lin­nets against Rams­bot­tom United last Satur­day af­ter­noon.

RUN­CORN LIN­NETS are back to the top of the EvoStik League West Di­vi­sion ta­ble af­ter an­other in­cred­i­ble week for Michael El­li­son’s men.

Lin­nets man­aged a dra­matic 3-2 vic­tory at Rams­bot­tom United last Satur­day af­ter­noon af­ter twice tak­ing the lead and be­ing pegged pack.

Fred­die Pot­ter net­ted the win­ner with 10 min­utes re­main­ing be­fore Evo-Stik Pre­mier Di­vi­sion out­fit Hyde United were put to the sword on penal­ties in The In­te­gro League Cup third round on Tues­day night af­ter the match ended 1-1 af­ter 90 min­utes.

Louis Cor­ri­gan’s sec­ond half equaliser from the penalty spot helped take the tie to a shootout be­fore debu­tant goal­keeper Tom Scott made him­self the hero with two cru­cial saves from 12-yards.

“It’s been a re­ally good week!” El­li­son beamed.

“It was a tough game against Rams­bot­tom be­cause they were un­beaten in 13.

“Con­sid­er­ing the in­juries we’ve got I was de­lighted to get all three points and then we fol­lowed it up on Tues­day with an­other re­ally good per­for­mance. “There are pos­i­tives all round. “I think we were worth the two vic­to­ries, we de­served to win both games and on­wards and up­wards, hope­fully.”

El­li­son also ad­mit­ted he has a po­ten­tial se­lec­tion headache on his hands af­ter the im­pres­sive de­but of goal­keeper Scott.

Dy­lan Forth and Matt Holmes have been Lin­nets’ reg­u­lar keep­ers this term but the for­mer Ken­dal Town man en­joyed a dream start to life at the club on Tues­day evening.

“It was a dream de­but! I was made up for the lad,” El­li­son said.

“He’s been out for a while in­jured and he con­tacted me ask­ing if he could come down.

“It was the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to give him some game time [against Hyde] and he done re­ally well. He’s given me a bit of a headache, to be hon­est!”

With sev­eral play­ers also con­tin­u­ing their come­back from in­jury over the past few weeks, the Run­corn man­ager was also pleased to see the re­turn of two squad mem­bers at Hyde on Tues­day evening.

“Josh Do­bie got 90 min­utes – he’s been out for a very long time,” El­li­son added.

“That’s a real plus point. Jack Hin­ni­gan got some game time so it was re­ally im­por­tant that lads got min­utes and it was a pos­i­tive night all-round.”

The Run­corn boss also con­firmed striker Con­nor McCarthy has left the club to join Evo-Stik League Pre­mier Di­vi­sion out­fit War­ring­ton Town.

Run­corn con­tinue their league pro­gramme at home on Satur­day when they play host to Glos­sop North End at the Mill­bank Lin­nets Sta­dium. The match has a 3pm kick-off time.

Lin­nets are with­out a mid­week game next week.

James Eastup

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