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Town Leave It Late To Take Points
11:31am Wednesday 21st January 2009 in Sport
Runcorn Town moved nine points clear at the top of West Cheshire League Division One, but left it very late two take all three points with Aarron Brown's 90th minute winner clinching it.
Town got off to a great start with Simon Burton scoring within the 1st minute. A long clearance by goalkeeper Karl Wills found Burton who controlled the ball and turned to beat the keeper from 15 yards.
Jason Carey and Kyle Hamid both went through unchallenged but were thwarted by the home keeper who saved bravely at their feet.
Christleton responded and when Matty Jones lost the ball on the edge of his penalty area he was relieved to see the ball go narrowly wide of the upright. A 30-yard snap shot almost caught Wills out, but diving back into his goal he managed to tip the ball on to the crossbar.
When Ste Latham broke from his own half the Christleton defence opened up and he was eventually stopped by another brave save from the home keeper. Christleton then worked the ball down the right and from the cross, Wills could not believe his luck when the ball was side footed straight at him from six-yards out.
Wills was being put under pressure and did well again when he held on to a free kick from the edge of the penalty area with forwards bearing down on him.
Burton opened up the home defence in the 33rd minute for Town's second with the ball played in to the path of Kyle Hamid who shot under the advancing keeper to increase Town's lead.
Hamid almost got another on the stroke of half time when his half volley was tipped over the crossbar by the home keeper. From the resultant corner Jones appeared to be pushed in the box but the Referee waved play on.
Town should have increased their lead within a minute of the restart when Carey was put through by Mike Boyle but the keeper managed to block his shot at point blank range.
Carey then set up Latham but the keeper went full length to save the resultant shot.
Runcorn then got out of jail when Jones again lost the ball, this time on the halfway line. Chris Herbert advanced towards goal and rounded Wills and with the goal at his mercy he rolled the ball towards the empty net. However Greg Byrne had spotted the danger and cleared the ball off the goal line.
A superb ball by Burton then put Carey through but the fullback managed to recover and clear the danger. Danny Salt replaced Boyle and almost scored with his first touch when from a corner he volleyed over the crossbar. Herbert was causing Town's defence problems and Mark Toohey did well to clear the ball in the 6-yard box following a cross from the left.
Christleton got back into the game in the 66th min. when from a corner Karl Wills could only punch the ball into his own net, with the goal given to Craig Warrington who took the corner. The game turned on its head three minutes later with the dangerous Herbert equalising when a long clearance beat Town's offside trap, with Herbert scoring past Wills.
Town picked up the pace and Hamid, Burton and substitute Brown all bringing saves from the home keeper. The introduction of Brown certainly pepped up the Runcorn attack and when he put Joe Davies through the striker hit a powerful shot just over the crossbar.
In the last minute Herbert should have won the game for Christleton as he again beat Wills but Byrne was alert once more and cleared off the goal line. From the clearance, Carey showed great control and played a quick low ball into the six-yard area where Aarron Brown fired the ball into the bottom corner for a late but deserved winner.
Town: Wills, Dalton, Toohey, Jones, Byrne, Latham, Boyle, Hamid, Carey, Burton, Davies. Subs: Brown, Salt