Both teams looked to take the early initiative and went on the attack from the first whistle. The Bears had a shot just wide and Dave Parton blocked a shot from Excel then got down smartly to collect a Cox effort. The Bears took the lead on 18 minutes, Jordan Johnson had a shot blocked, Lee Williamson knocked the ball back into the box and Arron Johns planted a heard into the net from ten yards.
More Runcorn pressure was dealt with by Parton, with Ryan Cox causing some serious problems for the Bears defence. Scores were level on the half hour, Dale Jennings firing home after the Bears defence failed to clear the ball. Reid then parried away another Johns shot and at the other end a shot whistled just wide of the Bears post. Johns should have scored right on the half time whistle, making a great run into the box but Reid blocked the shot.
Half Time Congleton Town 1-1 Runcorn Town
The opening minutes of the second half belonged to the Bears, Swale shooting wide from distance, Johns into the box, brought down but no penalty and Jepson heading one just wide.
A shot on the Runcorn goal was cleared by a defender. Into Tommy Schofield’s back, rebounded up and onto the bar and the final shot was parried away. Runcorn hit the wood work themselves when Excel fired one against the post.
On 66 minutes, Jonty Swale made a run into the box and was brought down, the referee pointed to the spot and Schofield made no mistake, firing home to put the Bears back in front. Both teams then created chances and as the clock ticked down it looked to be the Bears who would take all three points, but an inspired sub by the visitors , bringing on Antoine, saw the new man hit the equaliser minutes after coming on, with just three minutes remaining.
Full Time Congleton Town 2-2 Runcorn Town
An excellent game for the fans which saw both teams playing some entertaining football.
Team: Parton, Griffith, Swale, Greaves, Duffy, Jepson, Williamson, Beaumont, Johns, Johnson (Ryder 84), Schofield (McCartney 77)
Subs: Hadfield-Summerbee, Fenton, Peters
Attendance 164, Bears Man of the Match Lee Williamson