Match Report Bootle FC 2 Runcorn Town 2

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Bootle and Runcorn Town played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Delta Taxis Stadium.

The Bucks started brightly and took a deserved lead with 13 minutes on the clock. Billy Smart did superbly ghosting past two town players, then producing a pinpoint cross, which was met Conor Christiansen – whose header nestled in the back of the net.

Sam Wilkie then went close to increasing the Bucks lead. Conor Christiansen’s corner found Wilkie at the back post. Wilkie unleashed a right-footed half volley which was tipped away by Town goalkeeper Karl Willis.

Christiansen again turned provider, this time playing in Tom Peterson. However, Willis comfortably saved Peterson’s, effort.

However, the Bucks were made to pay for failing to take their chances as Town equalized in the 38th minute. Paul Shanley’s cross was met by Gareth Grant – whose header found the top corner of the Dodge Kop net.

Paul Shanley then tested Bucks keeper Dave Moran, 8 minutes into the second half. Shanley unleashed a right-footed effort which was comfortably stopped by Moran.

However, a minute later and Moran was helpless as Shanley scored to give Town the lead. James McShane’s superb cross-field ball cut the Bootle defence apart, and found Shanley – whose finish found the fair corner of the net.

Nine minutes later and Moran produced a top save to deny Shanley his second. Shanley unleashed a half volley from 25 yards – which was superbly tipped onto the bar by the Moran.

Four minutes later and Town again had the chance to add to their advantage. This time Shanley turned provider. His ball over the top found Grant, who went clean through – but Grant’s hesitation allowed Bucks captain for the afternoon, Jamie Hay to get back and produce a superb block-tackle.

With just over 20 minutes remaining, Bootle manager Joe Doran brought on James Riley. Five minutes later and Riley made the perfect impact. Once again, Billy Smart did superb leaving three Town players for dead as he entered the box – then pulling the ball back for Riley, who bundled the ball over the line to bring the Bucks level.

Both teams created chances in the later stages, with the Bucks looking the most likely to grab a winner. However, it didn’t come and the Bucks had to settle for a well-earned point.

BOOTLE: Moran; Lowe, McDowell,McQueen,Hay[c];Tyson,Christiansen, Smart, Wilkie,Peterson; O’Connor.

Subs: Robertson, Caraberry, Riley, Pruden,Wise.

RUNCORN TOWN: Willis; Black, Potter, Gibson, Dalton; Spearritt, Shanley,Keddie; Grant, James McShane, Jason McShane.

Subs: Breen, Irlam, Edwards, Salt.

Attendance: 118

By Connor O’Neill

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