by Richard Tigwell
A below-par first half performance cost Prescot Cables the three points today after they were beaten 2-1 at Runcorn Linnets.
Cables were given a chance to take the lead on 32 minutes when Michael Monaghan was brought down in the box, giving the referee no choice but to award a penalty. However the Cables man was unable to convert the penalty, with Linnets ‘keeper Matty Holmes equal to his shot.
Linnets took advantage of this failure almost immediately as they took the lead. A free kick and poor marking allowed Paul Shanley to fire home.
Poor defending again led to the Linnets second goal. With James McCullough left two against one at the back on a counter attack, Mitchell Bryant was able to calmly finish beyond Ben Barnes.
The second half saw a much improved performance from Cables and they were rewarded with a goal in the 69th minute when Bobby Evans knocked the ball past his own keeper to make it 2-1.
Any momentum Cables had built up was killed off when Luke Griffiths earned a second yellow card, in what appeared to be a case of mistaken identity, reducing the visitors to 10 men.
Despite laying seize to the Linnets goal and winning several corners and free kicks in dangerous areas, Cables were unable to grab an equaliser.
Cables XI: Barnes, Fishwick, McCullough, Cooper, Edgar, Griffiths, Lenehan, Hamilton, Monaghan, Dean, Klein-Davies.