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Match review - Runcorn Linnets 0 Nantwich Town 0

Updated: Apr 2

How Linnets must wish they could have turned back the clocks before they went forward over Easter.

Given their time again, Billy Paynter's side would surely have taken af least one of the chances missed in Good Friday's stalemate against their Cheshire rivals.

That's not to downplay the defending of visiting Nantwich, who were resilient opponents on the back of four successive victories, which had left them second to champions elect Leek Town in the NPL West form table.

Jacques Welsh suffered the most as he saw a shot brilliantly blocked on the line - one of two such interventions by  Town defender Troy Bourne - before rifling against the left post with a stunning strike from the right.

Nantwich had fewer opportunities in a well-contested game but almost snatched late victory as Kai Evans tried his luck with an effort from distance which whistled wide of goal.

Runcorn Linnets: Bayleigh Passant, Sam Barratt, James Short, Jacques Welsh (Eden Gumbs, 86 mins), Sean O'Mahony, Antony Kay, Will Saxon, Joe Thompson, Olly Molloy (Kieran Knapper, 75 mins), Lewis Doyle, Mackenzie O'Neill (Ryan Brooke, 46 mins). Subs (not used): Peter Wylie. Eric Byrne.

Attendance: 847.

Photos by Charlie Buckley and Neil Thornton

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