NORTH WEST COUNTIES manager of the month for October, Runcorn Town boss Simon Burton admits he would sacrifice personal accolades all year long if it meant his side could hang on to top spot.
Burton guided Town to six wins out of seven in October. His side’s only defeat a shock home loss to lowly Squires Gate. The award makes its way across the town from Runcorn Linnets’ boss Paul McNally who scooped the September gong but Burton was selfless when commenting on the league’s recognition for his recent achievements.
“Last month we won six and lost one,” said Burton. “If you start putting runs like that together you’ll be in there. Paul McNally won it recently so obviously the two Runcorn sides are doing well. I’m pleased but it’s more recognition for the lads so it’s nice for the club. I’d be happy to go the whole season without winning anything though and win the league at the end.”
More good news for Burton came in the form of injury news at the Pavilions Sports Complex as Town look set to welcome back two familiar faces to the squad for Saturday’s top of the table clash with Bootle. Full-back Darren Kinsey is available after three weeks out, and long-term absentee Ian Robinson should return to the fold to bolster options in the wide areas, much to the delight of his manager.
Burton added: “It’s a massive boost as he (Robinson) was one of our best players last season. It’s like a new signing for us. It gives competition to the lads. We’ve got Charty (Shaun Chart) and Warren Bellew but it’s competition for places and it makes them maintain standards. I just hope competition for places will keep us where we are.”
Burton admitted he has no plans to bring in more players if his current crop stay fit, but to stay top of the pile, the boss is counting on a lack of complacency amongst his charges ahead of a home fixture with fifth placed Bootle.
“They’re (Bootle) fourth so they’ve had a great start to the season themselves,” he added. “They keep clean sheets and have lads who can score goals. For me, it’s all about us though and winning our individual battles. Certainly, the next week is big for us. For me, they are three games we can win and if we do, we may see some daylight but I don’t want complacency from anyone.”
A ten day period in which Town will tussle with Bootle, AFC Liverpool and St Helens Town looks set to fully test promotion aspirations as league action takes the focus after last weekend’s comfortable 3-0 win over Congleton Town in the North West Counties Challenge Cup. New boys Tom Spearitt and Shaun Chart slotted into winning ways as Burton’s selection dilemmas grow.
“Both put in encouraging performances,” added Burton. “Tom (Spearitt) was solid, he came in an talked all the way through the game which we needed. Shaun (Chart) had a solid game down the right and scored on his debut which was good for him. Both are new to the club so hopefully they settle in and keep going.”
Town have been drawn away at Maine Road in round three.