There wasn’t much between the teams last season – Workington finished 2nd, eight points better off than Runcorn who finished 4th – and they are close rivals again this term.
They are pushing for a play-off berth and Saturday’s NPL West encounter (3pm) at the Apec Taxis Stadium is crucial for both.
The top five have all played 27 matches with Macclesfield (63) and Leek Town (59) comfortably ahead of Reds (54), Linnets (45) and Mossley (44). Clitheroe (42) have a game in hand on the others.
It will be the third meeting of the season so far with Linnets winning by the odd goal in three in the FA Trophy tie at Borough Park then Reds emerging with the points from the league clash, both games subjected to late drama and last-gasp winners. Jamie Rainford, Linnets’ top scorer, netted in both meetings in Cumbria.
Runcorn’s home record is impressive, eight wins and three draws so far, and Danny Grainger’s squad will need to be at their best to eradicate the hangover from the two recent home matches.
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