A day to remember in Cheshire for Maltby Main at the Millbank Linnets Stadium yesterday, as they earned a famous 2-1 win over North West Counties Football League West side Runcorn Linnets –and Miners Manager Scott Mason felt that last night’s extended celebrations were the least his players deserved, writes Colin Muncie.
Maltby Chairman Wilf Race had watched Linnets in their win at Hallam in the previous round, but it was the home side who hit the front through Paul Shanley after just 13 minutes and in front of a terrific crowd of 256; but Ross Duggan levelled just on the interval. It was Danny Frost who scored what proved to be the winner with around 20 minutes left to set up lemonades all round for the men from South Yorkshire.
Scott told the Bootiful Game “What a day out that was .The lads will have woken up this morning with a few hangovers, but after that performance yesterday I don’t blame them at all for having a few extra beers – I certainly did! “
“We worked hard all over the pitch after going one behind” Scott explained “A formation change settled the lads down and in the end if we’d got 3 or 4 Runcorn couldn’t have complained. We created good chances and defended brilliantly; but a great ball in the end from Duggan to Frost opened them up, and the finish was quality.”
With the club setting an early pace in the Toolstation NEL Premier Division, these are good times at Muglet Lane right now, as Scott testified. “The club’s buzzing at the moment and long may this continue .We know it’s a long season, but you have to enjoy times like these. Everyone involved at the club should be proud.”
“We now look forward to the draw, but we shall get the lads in again for training on Wednesday and start to focus on another tough game next Saturday”.