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09 Feb 2019 : Runcorn beat Kidsgrove Athletic FC 2-1
Kidsgrove Athletic FC scored in the 10th minute with a goal from Kyle Diskin. In the 55th minute the Linnets substituted Josh Dobie for Ronnie McCarthy. Zac Aley received a Yellow Card for The Linnets in the 65th minute. In the 70th minute the Linnets substituted Ryan Gibson for Mitch Bryant. James Butler received a Yellow Card for Kidsgrove Athletic FC in the 72nd minute. In the 72nd minute Kidsgrove Athletic FC substituted Will Saxon for Rhys Thompson. Chris Baker received a Yellow Card for Kidsgrove Athletic FC in the 81st minute. In the 82nd minute Kidsgrove Athletic FC substituted Rumenio Valido for Oliver Jepson. In the 83rd minute Kidsgrove Athletic FC substituted Rumenio Valido for Oliver Jepson. In the 86th minute Kidsgrove Athletic FC substituted Chris Baker for Shaun Rhodes. Liam O'Neill pulled level from a fantastic strike from just outside the 6 yard box in the 87th minute. In the 4th minute of added time of the second half the Linnets substituted Danny O'Brien for Bobby Evans. From inside the 6 yard box after an awesome touch in the 4th minute of added time of the second half Aaron Morris put the Linnets ahead.
08 Feb 2019 : Matt's the keeper of top January player award at Linnets
Runcorn Linnets' Player of the Month for January, sponsored by Bowland Brewery, is goalkeeper Matt Holmes.
When Matt lost his number one jersey to Dylan Forth last season, it would have been easy for a 'keeper of his quality to simply go and play his football elsewhere. But Matt has stayed loyal to the club, continued to work hard in training and waited patiently for his opportunity to come.
We played four games in January and Matt only featured in two of them, but his impact could not have been any bigger.
When Prescot Cables came to The Millbank Linnets Stadium, a penalty save from Matt midway through the first half helped Runcorn lead 2-0 at half-time, before an onslaught of attacks from Prescot drew from him a number of superb saves that ultimately meant the Linnets hanging on for three crucial points.
A week later, the Linnets made the trip to Leek Town, who were in fine form going into the game.
In a first half completely dominated by the home side, Matt was called upon time and again to make saves, clear his lines, deal with dangerous crosses etc.
Not long after the Linnets took the lead, he pulled off an absolutely magnificent save. A cross into the Linnets' box was accidentally sliced by Zac Aley towards the top corner of his own goal. But Matt flew across his goal and, at full stretch, tipped the ball wide of the far post.
The second half was a much more even affair but, playing in torrential rain, Matt was required several times to save again and hold on to stinging low shots which were skidding off the greasy surface with Leek players ready to pounce on any loose ball.
Matt's impact in the Prescot and Leek games was so telling that he won the Man of the Match votes for both games on the Linnets Updates Twitter account.
Having made such a telling impact, Matt thoroughly deserves the January award.
Picture: Matt, left, receives his Bowland Brewery Player of the Month award from club chairman, Mike Bignall.
05 Feb 2019 : Runcorn lost to Trafford 1-3
Trafford scored in the 21st minute with a goal from Elliot Harrison. Trafford increased their lead in the 50th minute with a goal from Liam Ellis. Ryan Gibson closed the gap following a great header from close range in the 55th minute. In the 56th minute the Linnets substituted Kurt Sherlock for Ronnie McCarthy. In the 64th minute Trafford substituted Liam Ellis for Matty Bryan. In the 64th minute Trafford substituted Danny Wilkins for Aaron Burns. Josh Dobie received a Yellow Card for The Linnets in the 66th minute. Danny O'Brien received a Yellow Card for The Linnets in the 68th minute. Josh Dobie received a Red Card for The Linnets in the 74th minute. Trafford got another in the 79th minute with a goal from Aaron Burns. In the 82nd minute the Linnets substituted Kris Holt for Bobby Evans. Ronnie McCarthy received a Yellow Card for The Linnets in the 84th minute. In the 84th minute Trafford substituted Elliot Harrison for Laurence Taylor. Aaron Burns received a Yellow Card for Trafford in the 88th minute.
27 Jan 2019 : Runcorn Linnets are On The Ball for football's fight against period poverty
Runcorn Linnets have signed up in support of a football-led campaign to tackle the problem of period poverty among girls and young women.
Free sanitary products are to be made available to female players and supporters of the club as part of the successful On the Ball initiative.
The groundbreaking scheme launched last summer by three fans at Celtic Football Club has spread rapidly.
Now close to 60 football clubs of all levels of the game have become involved.
Under the scheme, the Runcorn club will provide sanitary products without† charge in the Ladies toilets at The Millbank Linnets Stadium.
But not only are the Linnets aiming to further highlight financial issues surrounding sanitary products - research has shown that one in 10 girls can't afford them - they also want to combat the associated stigma and embarrassment, which can deter participation and enjoyment of sport.
The success of Runcorn Linnets Ladies - among the top teams in the Cheshire Women's League - along with the progress and promise of the club's junior and youth agegroup girls' teams, proves that female footballers have no need to be deterred or discouraged from playing. There is also no reason for them to feel ashamed.
An online sample survey of 1,000 14-21 year olds, conducted in 2017 by Opinium Research, prompted the girls rights charity Plan International UK to release statistics showing the extent of period poverty among young women in the United Kingdom.
The research showed:
10% of those surveyed couldn't afford sanitary wear; one in seven girls (15%) struggled to pay for them.
14% were forced to borrow sanitary wear from a friend.
12% had to improvise sanitary wear for the same financial reasons.
19% of girls changed to a less suitable sanitary product due to cost.
The research also showed up the full extent of the taboo and stigma surrounding periods and menstruation.
Nearly half (48%) of UK girls aged 14-21felt embarrassed by their periods.
One in seven (14%) did not know what was happening when they started their period.
Almost three quarters (71%) of those questioned felt embarrassed buying sanitary products.
49% had lost a day's schooling because of their period.
64% of girls missed a PE lesson or sport because of their period, 52% of these concocting a lie or false excuse.
Lucy Russell, UK Campaign manager at Plan International UK, said:
"Period poverty is a very real challenge facing many girls in the UK, and it's devastating to hear of the impact it is having on girls' lives, their ability to be themselves, and their self-esteem.
"We need a society-wide approach to bust the taboo, and an education programme which addresses the shocking reality that too many girls lack the knowledge and understanding of how to manage their period, and are too afraid to ask for advice."
Mike Bignall, chairman of Runcorn Linnets, said:
"The statistics are truly shocking and as a club, which is fully committed to promoting the value of sport and healthy lifestyle among young women and girls, we are committed to doing what we can to break down the financial barriers and also the stigma surrounding periods and menstruation.
"If providing free sanitary products for our young players and supporters helps with this even in a small way then as a community club, we will feel that our involvement in the On The Ball campaign will have been worthwhile."
26 Jan 2019 : Runcorn draw with Leek Town 1-1
In the 8th minute from just outside the 6 yard box with a fabulous volley Paul Shanley put the Linnets ahead. Billy Reeves received a Yellow Card for Leek Town in the 22nd minute. Leek Town equalised in the 39th minute with a goal from Aaron Bott. In the 66th minute the Linnets substituted Mitch Bryant for Freddie Potter. In the 76th minute Leek Town substituted Aaron Bott for Tim Grice. In the 77th minute Leek Town substituted Jordan Johnson for Daniel Trickett-Smith. In the 89th minute the Linnets substituted Paul Shanley for Liam O'Neill.
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