The North West Counties Football League
Published 11th August 2012
....to their North West Counties League Premier Division season.
Linnets have endured a testing first week of the campaign, picking up one point from their opening two fixtures.
A 1-1 draw at home to Barnoldswick Town last Saturday – courtesy of a Paul Bowes leveller – represented a solid result, but they were undone 48 hours later at Maine Road.
Chris Dykes had McNally's men in front inside 2 minutes, but Runcorn were torn apart by a Matthew Warburton hat-trick, with a last-minute strike from Eddie Moran sealing a crushing 4-1 win for the hosts. Today sees Linnets travel to Hemsworth Miners Welfare in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup, and McNally says his side will be smarting from what he described as “a hammering” at Maine Road.
“We definitely owe the fans, the club and ourselves a performance against Hemsworth,” he said.
“We were deservedly beaten at Maine Road, and it was a rude awakening for us.
“For us, it is a lesson to be learned. We did well against Barnoldswick last Saturday, and held our own against a team that I think will be up there in the top three come the end of the season, but this league is all about consistency, and about doing it over 90 minutes, not 30.”