Heartbreak for Grove as Runcorn Linnets win the game with injury time goal.


Football can be a cruel game sometimes and that proved to be the case at promotion-chasing Runcorn Linnets, as the Linnets stole all three points in the fourth minute of added time.

The Grove had been leading since the 10th minute of the game through Kyle Diskin, however, the hosts equalised in the 87th minute before the late winner from Aaron Morris.

Following his return from Hartlepool United James Butler started in the defence, while James O’Neil made his full debut following his arrival from Chasetown last month.

The hosts had a couple of early chances through Liam O’Neill and Peter Wylie but they couldn’t find their way past a stubborn Kidsgrove defence.

But it was the Grove who made the breakthrough on 10 minutes when a free-kick was headed on by Anthony Malbon to Diskin, who nipped in unchecked and placed the ball into the corner of the goal.

There weren’t many chances in the first half of the match as the game turned into a midfield battle. However, Lewis Bergin could have made it 2-0 on 37 minutes when he dragged his free-kick wide of the mark.

In the last action of the first half, Lewis Corrigan had a free-kick for the Linnets which he smashed into the wall.

Ryan Austin would have asked for more of the same in the second half from his players and Anthony Malbon could have got on the scoresheet just two minutes into the second half when he headed the ball goalwards from a free-kick, but Matthew Holmes was able to claw the ball away to safety.

At the other end, Kieran Harrison, in the Grove goal, was kept busy as he made a couple of fine reflex saves to keep Kidsgrove 1-0 up.

Rumenio should have scored on the hour mark when he lobbed Holmes, with the keeper outside the area. But the ball took a deflection and went out for a corner.

As the game wore on it looked like Kidsgrove were going to win the match until the 87th minute when the ball fell to Liam O’Neill inside the area and he beat an onrushing Harrison to level the score.

The referee added five extra minutes at the end of the match and in the fourth minute of injury time, Harrison rushed out to gather the ball, but missed and with Morris ready to pounce he slotted the ball home to break Kidsgrove hearts.

Ryan Austin will have to try and pick his lads up for Wednesday when they welcome Newcastle Town to the Novus Stadium in the Staffordshire Senior Cup.

Kidsgrove Athletic: Harrison, Baker (Rhodes, 85), Morris, O’Neil, Bergin, Butler, Diskin, Williamson, Rumenio (Jepson, 83), Malbon and Saxon (Thompson, 71)
Subs not used: Freeland

Runcorn Linnets: Holmes, Corrigan, Morris, Wylie, Obrien (Evans, 90+5), Dobie (McCarthy, 55), Holt, Aley, Shanley, O’Neil and Gibson (Bryant, 70)
Subs not used: Sherlock and Coady

Attendance: 303


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