HALLMARK SECURITY LEAGUE
AFC DARWEN 0 RUNCORN TOWN 3
Darwen were playing only their second match at home this year and struggled to find their form against a side who were in the chase for promotion. It was a game of few chances with Runcorn Town taking virtually all theirs.
The visitors had the first opportunity after seven minutes when a drive into the Darwen box was deflected to Kevin Exell in space, but he put the ball wide. However, within twenty minutes they were in front as Joe Holt cut in from the left to fire a shot from twenty yards past Ben Proctor in goal, albeit via a deflection.
After the goal, very little happened in a game mainly played in midfield.
Half Time: AFC Darwen 0 Runcorn Town 1
Two minutes into the restart, Runcorn doubled the lead with a similar move to their first goal. This time it was Kevin Exell who fired at an angle into the opposite corner of the net.
The visitors came close to a third just after the hour when Darwen lost possession in the Runcorn half, and the ball was booted upfield to Exell who had got behind the home defence to bear down towards goal. Only quick reactions by Ben Proctor in coming out to block the shot prevented the goal.
With twenty minutes to go the visitors sealed the match when the Darwen defence failed several times to clear Runcorn penetration. The ball was finally slid in from the wing by Kieran Evans and found its way to Simon Thelwall who had an easy tap in.
Darwen’s best chance came with eight minutes to go when Reece Malone crossed for Kiel Lonsdale to connect but the shot was deflected away for a corner.
Full Time: AFC Darwen 0 Runcorn Town 3
REFEREE: James Price
ASSISTANTS: Daniel Bennett, Ian Thornton
GOALS AND TIMES:
Runcorn Town: Holt (19), Exell (47), Thelwall (71)
OPPONENTS CHOICE AS MAN OF THE MATCH:
Runcorn Town: Joseph Holt
AFC Darwen: Alex Ralph
YELLOW CARDS: Rodgers, Jones, Jarrett (Runcorn Town), Allen (AFC Darwen)
1 Louis Makin
2 Joshua Maguire
3 Keiran Evans
4 Marcus James
5 Joseph Heath
6 Carl Rodgers
7 Joseph Holt
8 Craig Jones
9 Simon Thelwall (Capt.)
10 Phillip Marsh
11 Kevin Exell
12 Joseph Kearns (replaced Exell, 73 minutes)
14 Jack Pickering
15 Mark McGregor
16 Paul McManus (replaced Jones, 65 minutes)
17 Daniel Jarrett (replaced ??, 77 minutes)
1 Ben Proctor
2 Jamie Edwards
3 Christopher Bailey
4 Anthony Lynch
5 Adam Douglas
6 Matthew Allen
7 Alex Ralph
8 Kiel Lonsdale (Capt.)
9 Karl Turner
10 Bobby Langford
11 Daniel Russell
12 Declan Cunliffe (replaced Bailey, 66 minutes)
14 Liam Cole (replaced Langford, 77 minutes)
15 Reece Malone (replaced Allen, ?? minutes)
16 Mohammed Nabeel
17 Jordan Scott