Skip­per Hamid’s im­pres­sive per­for­mances re­warded with club’s monthly hon­our

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - In Business -

RUNCORN LIN­NETS’ player of the month for De­cem­ber – spon­sored by Bow­land Brew­ery – is club cap­tain Kyle Hamid.

‘Mucker’ earned his place in Lin­nets folk­lore when he was one of the few play­ers who stood by the club in the chaotic sum­mer of 2017 that led to Michael El­li­son tak­ing up the reins as man­ager.

Hamid’s ded­i­ca­tion was re­warded in glo­ri­ous fash­ion when he, as skip­per, led his team­mates to the Hall­mark Se­cu­rity League Premier Divi­sion ti­tle last sea­son, af­ter so many near misses.

Those heart­break­ing close calls have driven Hamid to be­come the player and leader that he is to­day.

As this first sea­son in the Evo-Stik League West Divi­sion has de­vel­oped and player move­ments have prompted change, Hamid has been sub­ject to a re­po­si­tion­ing by his man­ager into a more dic­tat­ing, hold­ing mid­field role.

This has shown a dif­fer­ent side to his game – op­er­at­ing deeper and, there­fore, trans­form­ing him from the goalscor­ing mid­fielder that Runcorn fans have al­ways known. Hamid has adapted to his new role seam­lessly and is play­ing an in­flu­en­tial part week in, week out.

He turned in a sparkling per­for­mance on an un­fa­mil­iar sur­face as Runcorn won through against high­er­ranked op­po­nents Hyde United in The In­te­gro League Cup, Hamid’s style of play suit­ing the quick and slick pass­ing style that ar­ti­fi­cial pitches seem to bring out of teams. In the home fix­ture against Glos­sop North End, Hamid’s man-of-the-match dis­play played a crit­i­cal role in the Lin­nets snatch­ing a point in the fi­nal sec­onds af­ter be­ing two goals down with only seven min­utes left.

It was his bril­liant slid­erule pass that set up Ryan Gib­son’s stop­page-time lev­eller.

In the blud­geon­ing af­fair at Chase­town, Hamid showed an equally im­pres­sive side to his cur­rent game.

In years gone by, Runcorn’s play­ers have been far too guilty of get­ting them­selves in­volved un­nec­es­sar­ily when op­po­si­tion sides lose their heads, of­ten lead­ing to red cards fol­low­ing in­ci­dents that were not of Lin­nets’ mak­ing.

That in­dis­ci­pline has gone from the side now, and it has been driven by the cap­tain. ●

Last month, Lin­nets were in­volved in games where the op­po­nents had two and even three men sent off.

But the Runcorn side kept their cool and went on to win both of those matches with 11 men on the pitch.

The month was con­cluded with Hamid guid­ing his team through the al­ways tricky Christ­mas pe­riod with two cru­cial vic­to­ries, one of these be­ing against lo­cal ri­vals Widnes, a side Runcorn had failed to earn a sin­gle point against pre­vi­ously.

And just like at the start of 2018, Hamid led his team into the New Year sit­ting right on top of the league ta­ble.

James Eastup

Skip­per Kyle Hamid (third left) cel­e­brates as Runcorn Lin­nets ben­e­fit from an own goal against Skelmers­dale United ear­lier in the sea­son.

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