Match Preview and Report - Runcorn Town (Away) 21.07.18
By Mark Strickland
The Yellows head to the Pavilions at the weekend to play in their 3rd pre season friendly, since the disappointing end to last season.
Runcorn kicked their pre season off, with a win 3-2 against Capenhurst Villa.
However, WTFC are winless after two games and are yet to score.
Last year in pre season, the Wire travelled to the North West Counties Football League side’s home and won by 4 goals to nil.
Team news wise, there were 6 changes from the defeat against Tranmere Rovers. A complete trialist centre-half partnership was supplemented by the more familiar Alex Honeyball and Shaun Beeley, on the left and right hand side of defence. Meanwhile Trailist D, aka Jack Dunn, made his second consecutive appearance, after coming oh so close to scoring, hitting the woodwork in his first run out against Tranmere. On the other flank, was the ever-improving Dylan Vassallo. In the centre of the field, the fifth and final trialist, lined up alongside debutant, Ben Garrity. Up top, McDonald and Brodie lead the line.
The game started 3 minutes ahead of schedule and Warrington were almost ahead instantly. Vassallo crossed for Richard Brodie and his header was agonisingly cleared off the line.
Little fluidity had been established thus far and then a big piece of bad news. Jamie McDonald appeared to have twisted his ankle and would not be able to continue. On came Amis in his place.
It was further worsened for Warrington when, despite the valiant efforts of Tony McMillan, one of the Runcorn trialists struck home to give the hosts the lead.
Brodie would come close once more with his head, but would turn provider for the Yellows first goal of the 2018 pre season! He clipped an inch perfect cross in to the box and only just on, Amis arrowed his header in to the back of the net.
Then came a strange infamous moment, when Stephen Lewis blasted the ball away in frustration, as a result of his disagreement with the linesman’s decision. The referee ordered him to leave the field to calm down, but he would be allowed to re-enter.
That was the last key act of the first half. At the interval Adam Carden and Mitchell Duggan came on in place of Honeyball and Vassallo.
It was a sense of de ja vu with 51 gone. Brodie placing another inch percent cross on to the head of Amis. 2-1!
Jack Dunn then stung the hands of RTFC’s number one and Garrity followed up and marked his excellent debut, with a simple finish.
Josh Amis had the last chance of his game, (he would be substituted shortly) volleying wide wasting the chance of getting a hat trick in the process.
Tony Gray though would register. A careless clearance from the keeper fell to the Town's stalwart, who rounded the goalkeeper and made it 4.
The referee brought the game to an end and Town were in good shape for their Tuesday night clash, against Vanarama National League North side, Stockport County FC.