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16 Aug 2019 : Goalkeeper Bayleigh Passant joins Runcorn Linnets on loan from Tranmere Rovers
Runcorn Linnets have agreed a deal to sign Tranmere Rovers' 18-year-old goalkeeper Bayleigh Passant on a one-month loan.
Bayleigh therefore comes into the squad for Saturday's BetVictor Northern Premier League Division One North West opener at home to Pontefract Collieries.
The Liverpool-born player has been with the now English Football League One club throughout his youth career. He signed his first professional contract in May 2019.
He joined us midway through our pre-season programne and was quick to impress.
Although yet to make a first tram appearance for the Prenton Park club, he was on the bench for four cup-ties last season.
These included their home FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur.
He was likewise named as a substitute for the EFL Trophy games against Crewe Alexandra, Shrewbury Town and Manchester City U21s.
Linnets manager Michael Ellison said: 'Bayleigh came into our pre season friendly against FC Unitef and really impressed.
"He's a great shot stopper, has really good feet and has a really good head on his shoulders for a young lad.
"He's at the stage in his career, where needs first-team football and he will certainly get that at Runcorn.
"I've no doubt he's got a bright future ahead of him and I'm looking forward to working with him."
16 Aug 2019 : Connor McCarthy seals Runcorn Linnets return
Striker Connor McCarthy is back at Runcorn Linnets - eight months after leaving for Warrington Town.
Connor made a big impression in his first Linnets stint, the player's influence reaching well beyond his five goals in 15 games.
There was great disappointment, therefore, when the experienced former National League player stepped back up to the Northern Premier League's Premier Division with Warrington in December 2018.
Connor returns after appearing for Warrington in our final pre-season friendly at the Millbank Linnets Stadium last weekend.
Linnets manager Michael Ellison said: " I think everyone got a glimpse of what Connor brings to the side in his short spell with us last year so when there was an opportunity to resign him I jumped at the chance.
"He will add another dimension to an already capable front line and I'm delighted to have him back on board."
Connor first arrived at Linnets in September 2018, having been a regular at FC United in National League North the previous season - scoring nine goals in 42 appearances for the breakaway Reds.
His industrious style and "team player" qualities made him an instant Linnets fans favourite.
Having begun his career at Prescot Cables and Skelmersdale, Connor was signed by Southport where he played in the top division of the National League.
While at the Sandgrounders, he spent time on loan at AFC Telford United before joining the Shropshire club on a permanent deal in September 2016.
After a being loaned to Warrington early in 2017, Connor was allowed to leave by Telford at the end of 2016-17 and moved to FC United in July 2017.
Throughout his career, Connor has been renowned for his work rate and commitment.
He won our Bowland Brewery Player of the Month award for October.
Connor is now reunited on the field with his brother (and Runcorn Linnets midfielder) Ronnie.
16 Aug 2019 : Club captain Kyle Hamid makes Linnets switch to get game time
Skipper Kyle Hamid is a second Runcorn player who will start the new season with the "other Linnets" of Burscough as he battles back from a long injury lay-off.
Kyle missed the second half of last season after knee surgery and while he was the first squad member to commit to The Millbank for 2019-20, he now requires game time to return to optimum fitness.
He has worked extremely hard on his rehabilitation but his involvement in pre-season matches has been limited.
It has now been decided that the best option is for Kyle, like Runcorn team-mate Mark Houghton, to complete his recuperation in the North West Counties League with Burscough - and return to the Runcorn ranks when 100% ready.
Linnets manager Michael Ellison said: "Mucker has worked extremely hard in in pre-season, after getting the all clear from a scan in the summer.
"He's done relentless running and gym work on his own to get to the stage he is at now and the next progression for him is games, which again he will get at Burscough.
"He's been a huge loss for us over the last few months and it has been a frustrating time for him and the club. But I really think he's not too far off.
"The sooner he's back in a Runcorn shirt the better."
16 Aug 2019 : Mark Houghton re-signs for Runcorn Linnets but continues comeback with Burscough
Runcorn Linnets are delighted to report that Mark Houghton has signed for the club for 2019-20 after a season-long absence through injury.
But initially, he will continue his recuperation from the career-threatening groin problem and his efforts to regain full match fitness on a dual registration with Burscough of the North West Counties League.
The long-serving front man resumed playing this summer, marking his Runcorn Linnets pre-season comeback game at Barnton with a goal.
It came just a few minutes after Mark's introduction as a sub.
Linnets manager Michael Ellison said: "It's great to see Houghto back in a Linnets shirt and to have him back in and around the place. He's part of the DNA of the club.
"He's as popular with the players as he is with the fans. He is a huge asset to have when he's fit he just needs game time which he will get at Burscough after a long spell out.
"I'm certain it won't be long before he is playing competitively in Runcorn colours once again."
Unselfishly playing on despite his ongoing injury worries, Mark played 40 times, contributing 11 goals, to our North West Counties League title success in 2017-18.
He began his playing career at the top of the non-league ladder with Southport in the then Conference (now National League Premier).
Mark joined Skelmersdale United in 2010 and later moved to Chorley under the guidance of Garry Flitcroft - winning the Northern Premier League First Division North title before returning to Skem.
The fast-moving striker joined Runcorn Linnets in December 2012 and scored in our League Challenge Cup final victory over Formby in May 2013.
Mark has had a major influence with his consistency, knack of popping up with important goals and versatility.
He can play in the wide positions, behind the front men or as the main striker - a role he successfully resumed over his last two seasons of football.
Mark has also worn the Linnets captain's armband on a number of occasions.
By the end of 2017-18, he had accrued 76 goals in his 212 Runcorn Linnets outings before unfortunately sitting out our inaugural Northern Premier League campaign.
10 Aug 2019 : Runcorn lost to Warrington Town 1-3
Paul Shanley put the Linnets ahead from from just inside the area in the 4th minute. In the 29th minute the Linnets substituted Zac Aley for Kurt Sherlock. In the 29th minute Warrington were awarded a penalty. Warrington Town pulled level in the 30th minute with a penalty. Warrington Town put one past us in the 52nd minute. Warrington Town increased their lead in the 56th minute with a goal from Josh Amis. In the 59th minute the Linnets substituted Tom Owens for Peter Wylie. In the 59th minute the Linnets substituted Ryan Wade for Ronnie McCarthy. In the 72nd minute the Linnets substituted Ally Brown for Michael Simpson. In the 72nd minute the Linnets substituted Louis Coyne for Nick Ryan. In the 77th minute the Linnets substituted Paul Shanley for A Trialist.
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