Vodkat Premier Division
Runcorn Linnets 1, Glossop North End 1
By Stephen Gaskell
AFTER the demolitions of Ashton Athletic and Silsden, North End earned a respectable 1-1 draw away to Runcorn Linnets.
A well-struck Sam Hind goal on their first visit to the Millbank Linnets Stadium meant Glossop have now taken seven points from a possible nine, which sees them steadily climb up the table.
North End started brightly, and kept Linnets’ keeper Damien Eastham busy with numerous long-range efforts.
They made their dominance count in the 39th minute through Hind, who found the back of the net for his third goal in two games after a beautifully floated ball over the top of the Runcorn defence.
The lead could have been doubled just before half time when a 25-yard, left-footed strike by Steve Heaton rattled the bar.
When the second half commenced, both the Runcorn fans and players looked spirited and it showed as Kevin Towey made a yard for himself and stroked the ball past Jon McIlwaine into the corner of the net to make it 1-1.
The game opened up as it progressed and both sides had chances to win. Garry Kharas replaced Heaton but when a ball that had been crossed in went over the keeper’s head, Kharas was unable to find the vital touch.
The Linnets also had chances to take the three points when goalscorer Towey’s header left the crossbar shaking, with McIlwaine somewhat of a spectator.
McIlwaine certainly had his eyes on the next Runcorn effort and produced a brilliant reaction save to tip the ball over the bar.
Both teams deserved to take something from the game and a draw was a fair result.