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17 Aug 2019 : Jack Hinnigan hopes to play a major part this season

Jack Hinnigan has an opportunity to establish himself at the Millbank Linnets Stadium after a cameo role last season.

And manager Michael Ellison reckons the central defender has all the qualities needed to do so.

The Linnets boss said: "Jack joined us midway through last season but unfortunately, due to personnel circumstances, was unable to commit.

"He's come back this year and he's been fantastic. He's a no nonsense, natural defender - good in the air, aggressive and has a god left foot.

"He's got all the attributes to be a top centre half.

"I'm looking forward to working with him this year."

Jack signed for the new season, having made his debut as a starter in our Integro League Cup victory at Hyde United at the beginning of December 2018.

This is his only competitive start for the club so far.

Jack joined Linnets after a spell with Warrington Town and has also played for Ashton Town in the North West Counties League.

17 Aug 2019 : Kurt Sherlock looks for extended run after injury recovery

Now well down the road to recovery from summer sugery on a damaged hand and also a return to full match fitness, Kurt Sherlock has enlisted again for the new campaign.

In his second spell at Runcorn Linnets, Kurt made 33 appearances in 2018-19, netting 11 times, and taking his Linnets career total to 89 outings with 28 goals.

Kurt had been welcomed back into the fold in late July 2018, after a two-season absence.

Manager Michael Ellison said: "I think it's fair to say Kurt had a stop and start season last year; he picked up a number of injuries throughout the season and never really had run in the side that both of us wanted.

"Having said that, he still managed to score 11 goals, and a number of assists, with a few screamers along the way.

"He gives us that real creativity further up the pitch and on his day is as good as anyone.

"After a couple of weeks out with injury he's come back with a real determination this season and once he's fully up and running he will be massive for us."

Kurt's first stint with Linnets saw him enter our FA Cup record books.

The striker's five goals in a home extra preliminary round replay against Glasshoughton Welfare in 2015-16 ranks as a Linnets best goals haul for any game in the competition.

Kurt is a hard-working striker with an eye for a spectacular strike - none better than his ultra long-range effort at Abbey Hey in September 2015, voted Linnets' Goal of the Season.

He played in the North West Counties Football League for a number of seasons representing Formby and Bootle before initially joining the Linnets in December 2014, scoring 17 times in 56 appearances.

On departing The Millbank in the summer of 2016, Kurt played in Vanarama National League North for Stalybridge Celtic, for both Marine and Radcliffe in the Northern Premier League and Welsh Premier League outfit Aberystwyth Town.

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17 Aug 2019 : Runcorn draw with Pontefract Collieries FC 1-1

This news item has been added from the Live SMS feed powered by BulkSMS.com Connor Smythe received a Yellow Card for Pontefract Collieries FC in the 16th minute. Louis Coyne received a Yellow Card for The Linnets in the 40th minute. Louis Corrigan received a Yellow Card for The Linnets in the 1st minute of added time of the first half. Pontefract Collieries FC went ahead in the 46th minute with a goal from Joe Lumsden. Nick Ryan received a Yellow Card for The Linnets in the 56th minute. In the 67th minute the Linnets substituted Jack Hinnigan for Ronnie McCarthy. In the 68th minute the Linnets substituted Paul Shanley for Connor McCarthy. In the 70th minute Jamie Rainford equalised with a shot from the edge of the 6 yard box. In the 73rd minute Pontefract Collieries FC substituted Scott Brown for Jack Knight. Jameel Ible received a Yellow Card for Pontefract Collieries FC in the 77th minute. In the 78th minute the Linnets substituted Harry Cannon-Noren for Kurt Sherlock. In the 5th minute of added time of the second half Pontefract Collieries FC substituted Michael Dunn for Layton Swaine.

16 Aug 2019 : Goalkeeper Bayleigh Passant joins Runcorn Linnets on loan from Tranmere Rovers

Runcorn Linnets have agreed a deal to sign Tranmere Rovers' 18-year-old goalkeeper Bayleigh Passant on a one-month loan.

Bayleigh therefore comes into the squad for Saturday's BetVictor Northern Premier League Division One North West opener at home to Pontefract Collieries.

The Liverpool-born player has been with the now English Football League One club throughout his youth career. He signed his first professional contract in May 2019.

He joined us midway through our pre-season programne and was quick to impress.

Although yet to make a first tram appearance for the Prenton Park club, he was on the bench for four cup-ties last season.

These included their home FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur.

He was likewise named as a substitute for the EFL Trophy games against Crewe Alexandra, Shrewbury Town and Manchester City U21s.

Linnets manager Michael Ellison said: 'Bayleigh came into our pre season friendly against FC Unitef and really impressed.

"He's a great shot stopper, has really good feet and has a really good head on his shoulders for a young lad.

"He's at the stage in his career, where needs first-team football and he will certainly get that at Runcorn.

"I've no doubt he's got a bright future ahead of him and I'm looking forward to working with him."

16 Aug 2019 : Connor McCarthy seals Runcorn Linnets return

Striker Connor McCarthy is back at Runcorn Linnets - eight months after leaving for Warrington Town.

Connor made a big impression in his first Linnets stint, the player's influence reaching well beyond his five goals in 15 games.

There was great disappointment, therefore, when the experienced former National League player stepped back up to the Northern Premier League's Premier Division with Warrington in December 2018.

Connor returns after appearing for Warrington in our final pre-season friendly at the Millbank Linnets Stadium last weekend.

Linnets manager Michael Ellison said: " I think everyone got a glimpse of what Connor brings to the side in his short spell with us last year so when there was an opportunity to resign him I jumped at the chance.

"He will add another dimension to an already capable front line and I'm delighted to have him back on board."

Connor first arrived at Linnets in September 2018, having been a regular at FC United in National League North the previous season - scoring nine goals in 42 appearances for the breakaway Reds.

His industrious style and "team player" qualities made him an instant Linnets fans favourite.

Having begun his career at Prescot Cables and Skelmersdale, Connor was signed by Southport where he played in the top division of the National League.

While at the Sandgrounders, he spent time on loan at AFC Telford United before joining the Shropshire club on a permanent deal in September 2016.

After a being loaned to Warrington early in 2017, Connor was allowed to leave by Telford at the end of 2016-17 and moved to FC United in July 2017.

Throughout his career, Connor has been renowned for his work rate and commitment.

He won our Bowland Brewery Player of the Month award for October.

Connor is now reunited on the field with his brother (and Runcorn Linnets midfielder) Ronnie.

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