Saturday 24th September 2013
North West Counties League Premier Division
RUNCORN TOWN 3 STOCKPORT SPORTS 1
Town seemed a bit out of sorts in this scrappy encounter. The fact is they still had more than enough quality to dominate a poorly organised Stockport Sports outfit. Perhaps the positive from this game is that Runcorn Town have the character to win ugly when necessary, something which may be called upon when they face up to sides whose sole intention is to stop them playing attractive open football. Its fair to say the result was never in question from the very moment Gareth Grant put the first goal in the net, it was that one sided. There was an unfortunate collision in the dying minutes of the match when Stockport keeper Callum Tongue slammed into Town forward Jason Carey as he flicked the ball past him just outside the box. The coming together appeared totally unintentional, more a case of Callum's momentum catching Jason as he passed him. Sadly Callum was badly injured and ended up being air lifted to hospital. The referee made it apparent that he was going to red card Callum as he was the last man and Jason Carey would have been clear on goal. Stockport did not want to continue with the last few minutes of the game so after consultation with the referee the game had to be abandoned with Town winning 3-1. As this report is written there is better news from the hospital that Callum's condition has improved and he has been diagnosed with concussion. Obviously everybody wishes him a speedy full recovery. Despite it now being Monday the North West Counties League have still to decide what to do about the outcome of the game. Common sense points to awarding Runcorn Town the 3 points, especially as they were 3-1 up with minutes left, but experience has taught me to never predict the decisions stemming from the NWCL Management Committee. We continue to await their decision.