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AFC Liverpool 0-3 Runcorn Town

Goals from Danny Dalton, James McShane and Leon Williams secured the visitors all three points at Valerie Park, though it’s a scoreline that reflects a little harshly on the Reds.

Clearly a well settled and organised side, that like to break quickly and are always dangerous on the counterattack, Runcorn Town were clinical in finishing chances that were presented rather than created, and though the Reds never really troubled Karl Wills, they were more than a match for their opponents for the majority of the game. With new signing Carl Furlong spearheading a three pronged attack that had Stephen Groves down the right and Craig Williams down the left, their approach play was promising but they lacked the cutting edge in the final third, though this is not unexpected of a team that has many new faces getting to know each other.

The home side started positively and had Wills not been close at hand, Groves may have given them an early lead after picking the pocket of Darren Kinsey on the edge of the Runcorn area before Darren Torpey fired in a long range effort that was a comfortable take for the keeper.

However it wasn’t long before Runcorn showed their attacking threat with James McShane on the end of a quick break, firing in a couple of shots, the first which was blocked by Mark Brown, the second which was turned behind by Joshua Molloy. Warren Bellew’s resulting corner was headed clear but came straight back to him and he was given too much time to put in cross into the heart of the six yard box which wasn’t dealt with by the Reds’ defence and the ball dropped nicely for Dalton who snapped up the opportunity from close range.

Undeterred by this early setback, the Reds looked to press forward with Furlong leading the line and  Steven Williams at the heart of their midfield ticking things over and it was Williams who thought he had won a penalty shortly after but the referee deemed that the foul occurred just the other side of the white line. Ten minutes later, Williams fired in a free kick to the edge of the box but Furlong couldn’t direct his header on target, and just before half time a twenty yard rising drive from Williams was tipped over by Wills.

At the other end, McShane always looked a threat whenever the ball came near him and he was unlucky when stretching for a volley that the ball went straight to Molloy and was disappointed when a vicious cross whipped into the near post only ended up in the side netting. However, on forty three minutes he made no mistake after Chris Williams was robbed of possession in the middle of the AFC Liverpool half and McShane broke the offside trap to fire past Molloy.

AFC Liverpool came out for the second half on the front foot and within a minute Groves won a free kick on the edge of the area but though Furlong looked to beat Wills with a quickly taken set piece, he put it straight into the arms of the Runcorn keeper. Five minutes later, Steven Williams fired a free kick from similar position just over the bar.

However, as has been the case before this season, just when it appears that the Reds are beginning to turn the screw, they let their opponents off the hook all too easily, and so it was again on sixty minutes. A ball down the line from Stephen Latham, searching for McShane, was missed by Mark Brown as he tried to intercept and ended up at the feet of Leon Williams, who, after cutting back and sending Chris Williams sprawling on the rain soaked surface, had the simple task of smashing past a defenceless Molloy.

Down but not disheartened, the home side continued to compete and did dominate the midfield but once Furlong had gone off with a minor injury, they lost their focal point and found it difficult to break down a well organised back line with only a couple of wayward efforts to show for their industriousness.

AFC Liverpool 0-3 Runcorn Town

Dalton 9′, McShane 43′, Williams 60′

Attendance: 150

Photo courtesy of Dave Williams.

Posted by:  afclpapakuz         Date:  October 6, 2011         Popularity:  572 views

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