Runcorn Linnets returned to the top of the Evo-stik Division One West as they saw off Colne F.C in a stunning 6-1 victory for the Cheshire-based side. Michael Ellison’s side were in rampant form throughout Saturday afternoon at a windy Holt House.
Team sheet for today’s Evo-Stik clash away at @Colne_FC
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As the first 45-minutes got underway, it was the hosts who were applying the pressure, Kristian Holt’s strike seemed to hit against a Colne arm, but it was unpunished by the referee Oliver Noonan. But, that early pressure from the away side soon paid off as Kristian Holt bent a spectacular effort into the top corner from outside the box to give Runcorn Linnets an early lead in Lancashire. In the opening salvo, it was all Runcorn as they continued to bombard the home side, the blustery wind also played a big part.
On 25 minutes, Linnets doubled their advantage as Freddie Potter connected with Danny O’Brien’s low free-kick. And, the away side showed no signs of relenting as they continued to dominate possession and created a whole host of chances. On the half-hour mark, the away side made it 3-0 as a penalty was awarded for an incident in the Colne penalty area following a corner. Danny O’Brien was on hand to fire the ball home as the away side ran riot. On 35 minutes, the home side registered their first attempt at goal, but it went just wide of Dylan Forth’s left-hand post.
Just minutes later, the home side reduced the arrears to 3-1 as a looping cross found it’s way past Forth in the Linnets goal after some assistance from the blustery conditions in Lancashire. Heading into half-time, it was a superb 45-minutes for the away side as they took a healthy 3-1 lead into the interval.
The second-half got off to a reasonably slow start in comparison to the first 45-minutes with both sides playing quite cautiously. However, the away side were moving through the gears with some good spells in possession, and they managed to increase their lead as Aaron Morris flicked on Louis Corrigan’s free kick which fell in the path of Connor McCarthy who bundled the ball home to give the away side a much earned 4-1 lead.
Colne responded to the games fifth goal quite well as the hosts enjoyed a nice little spell in which Runcorn’s defence was tested, but the home side were quite wasteful in the end. The wind really picked up in the last 20 minutes or so which affected the game as the pace slowed down a notch or two. However, with ten minutes to play, Linnets were awarded a second penalty by Oliver Noonan following an incident inside the Colne six-yard box, and once again Danny O’Brien was on hand as he sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 5-1 to the Cheshire-based side.
The away side continued to press for more goals in the last five minutes or so, and they were rewarded for a final time as Paul Shanley latched onto Connor McCarthy’s through-ball as he fired the ball in from 12-yards out to seal a 6-1 victory for the Runcorn Linnets.
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