Alsager Town 0
Runcorn Town 0

RUNCORN Town produced a good performance but a lack of penetration in front of goal meant they had to settle for a point.

The early first half was a sluggish affair with the ball languishing around the midfield.

The best shot of the half came for Runcorn came from the boot of Sean Breen and this rattled the crossbar.

Both sides had a few chances, but Alsager were stronger for most of the first half.

When the second half began Runcorn started with a burst of energy, which ended up overwhelming the home side, however their defence remained solid.

On 64 minutes Nick Haughton came on for Jason McShane.

Once Haughton got into the game he started to make threatening runs into the Alsager defence and provided some great passing but there was nothing penetrating enough to trouble White in the goal.

With the game still needed to be won the Runcorn manager Simon Burton decided to make his second substitution of the match - bringing on himself.

He certainly livened up the game and caused a number of problems with the Alsager defence Reis Lee in particular.

As the time in the match went ticking the frustration increased. The third and final change came on 87 minutes with Luke Edwards coming on for Darren Kinsey.

When the referee finally ended the match after five minutes of added on time and the score remained deadlocked.

Town host St Helens Town, in what is likely to be another tricky encounter on Saturday