This was a game that started badly for the Bears even before kickiff. Both Ryan Dunnan and Keith Wedge were held up in the chaos of the M6/M62/M56 jam and so the starting line-up was a little unfamiliar with several players being out of position. Dan Doherty filled in at left back and Matty Herd at right back.
The weather was atrocious with constant drizzle throughout the night and a pitch with grass that was just a shade too long.
The Bears started well and, as usual, had the lions share of the opening twn minutes, but created only a few half chances.
Runcorn began to get more and more into the game and, but for woeful finishing should have been in front several times. They had a decent shout for a penalty waved away by the referee before half time.
Half time 0-0
The second half bega in the same vein, with Runcorn in total control and the Bears restricted to occasional forays up front.
Bears brought on Ryan Dunnan for Richie Booth on 59 minutes, but sadly it had the wrong effect and Runcorn opened the scoring on 61 minutes when Paul Prescot scored with a cracking effort. Before the restart, Rigoglioso replaced Boylan - but with little effect on a dour Bears performance.
The dominance continued from the home side, with the Bears seeminly squandering possession at every opportunity.
Runcorn had the ball in the back of the net after 80 minutes - but the ref chalked it off - I have no idea why. They eventually got the second goal in the 84th minute. Not soo sure what happened, but a scramble in the Bears six yard box saw the ball cross the line as Woodhouse tried to claw it back, the refeferee gave the goal.
Minutes before the goal, Ashley Woodhouse had pulled off a stunning save to tip the ball round for a corner.
In the 92nd minute Bears striker Garetrh Richards was shown a straight red card for throwing a punch - and starting a bit of fisticuffs, the Runcorn player was booked.
Full Time 2-0
The Bears really got what they deserved from this game and looked very disinterested for most of the second half. Runcorn dominated and could easilly have scored 7 or 8.
Let's hope that we put this behind us and return to form for the visit of Silsden on Saturday.