The North West Counties Football League
Published 6th April 2012
....Premier Division club by getting them promoted into the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.
Town’s Pavilions ground was this week handed a Grade E grading by the Football Association which would grant the team promotion, should they win the championship.
The title race took another twist after Ramsbottom United drew with Bootle on Tuesday night, cutting their lead at the top to just one point with Town, with a game in hand, hot on their heels.
Monday night’s 7-0 thrashing of Bacup Borough took Burton’s men to the summit for 24 hours and though Ramsbottom reclaimed the lead, Runcorn now know they have control over the destination of the title and who achieves promotion.
This week’s good news about the ground has given Burton’s men and extra incentive to seize their opportunity.
“Getting the ground grading is fantastic news and the club has backed us all the way,” said Burton.
“Last season they increased the capacity and have brought the ground up to standard. We have been given the all clear to go up and now it’s up to the lads to do that. It does give us that extra incentive.
“I suppose Ramsbottom’s draw gives us a little bit of an advantage and puts it in our hands. It’s no longer coming down to goal difference and gives us something to really focus us.
“We know now that if we win every game then we will win the league. But we have a few tough games coming up.”
Following this weekend’s match with Maine Road, Town then make the short trip to Runcorn Linnets on Monday.
The Town manager believes victory over their in-form neighbours will hand them real impetus for the remaining four matches.
“With it being a derby match, form goes out of the window,” he added.
“We’ve both been on a good run, winning games, and it will come down to who wants to win the match the most. If we get three points from that game then it will give us confidence for the rest of the season.”
Runcorn are in a rich vein of form having won eleven consecutive league matches and seven straight wins in March earned Burton the manager of the month award.
Yet the manager is not totally content and after his side’s hefty win on Monday night, he let his players know where they went wrong.
“It has been difficult to get the ball down on the pitches because they are really bobbly and really hard,” explained Burton.
“But we’ve been playing some good football and created chances for fun on Monday night.”