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23 Jul 2023 : Billy confirms two departures as pair returm for pleasing win at Flint

Runcorn Linnets manager Billy Paynter joined Sam Phillips after yesterday's game in Wales against Flint Town United. Here's what he had to say:

Sam: Billy, thanks for joining us after a brilliant first win for you as permanent manager. How did you feel the game went?

Billy:Firstly, I'd like to thank Flint for the hospitality and a very good, competitive game. It was a very good workout for our players with some good patterns of play to control possession. This allowed us to be brave on the ball and play expansively at times. I thought we dealt with the counters really well, again outcomes I wanted to see.

Sam: A few lads got some more minutes in the legs, including Eden and Shorty. How important are those minutes?

Billy: Really pleased to get minutes in the legs for James Short and Eden - it just builds us that step closer to the start of the season.With the return of James Short, we had more of a balance in the back four, which allowed us to play our game alittle braver at times.

Sam: We are still a few weeks away from the start of the season. One player that fans are excited about is Godwin Abadaki but we are yet to see him play in a Linnets shirt, can you give us an update?

Billy: With Godwin, we are monitoring his fitness at this moment. We are all aware of how much the fans are looking forward to see him, we just need to make sure that we introduce him at the right time.

Sam: Finally Billy, you can confirm some squad news for the fans?

Billy: Yes I can. Sadly, Louis Hayse and Dapo Olarewaju have left Runcorn Linnets due to personal reasons away from football. But we can't thank both enough.

Louis has made more than 100 appearances for the club and at such a young age, I think that really shows his abilities.

Dapo has been electric and a real fans favourite since joining while showing some excellent skills and that blistering speed that we all know he has.

However, I'd like to put on record that the door is always open for them if they have a change of heart.

Sam: Thanks, Billy and we will speak to you again next week.

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