Skipper Hamid’s impressive performances rewarded with club’s monthly honour
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.
Skipper Kyle Hamid (third left) celebrates as Runcorn Linnets benefit from an own goal against Skelmersdale United earlier in the season.