RUNCORN FC Halton have suffered a double setback with their first friendly defeat and the cancellation of one of three remaining pre-season matches.
The Linnets, who lost 4-3 at Cammell Laird on Tuesday, have seen their visit to Rhyl a week tonight called off.
The game at Belle Vue had already been put back due to Rhyl's European commitments and has been abandoned for the same reason.
This means tonight's visit to Mond Rangers at Pavilions (7pm) will be the penultimate build-up game for the Uni-Bond League opener against Frickley at Valerie Park on Saturday, August 20.
Player-manager Steve Carragher will finalise his preparations at Chorley on Saturday, August 13.
Carragher put out an injury-hit team including trialists against Laird, who converted two penalties to Runcorn's one from Adam Roscoe.
The Linnets' other goal scorers were former Bamber Bridge midfielder Darryl Allen and a trialist.
Confirmed new signings are defenders Anthony Hughes (from Rhyl) and Billy Robertson (Ramsbottom), midfielders Scott Forster (Waterloo Dock), Sean Maddocks (Lark Hill Farmers), Paul Scott (Maghull) and strikers Shaun Whalley (Chester City), Roscoe (Clitheroe) and Lee Furlong (Newton).
Carragher, due to sign a keeper last night, is likely to complete Allen's transfer tomorrow.
Halton Borough Council is to continue its shirt sponsorship of the Linnets, who are still looking for tracksuit sponsors. nMartin Fallon, a leading light of the Linnets Independent Supporters' Trust, has confirmed he is severing links with Runcorn FC Halton.
He will now support Runcorn Town - the name now proposed for Mond Rangers after the club decided not to pursue a bid to become AFC Runcorn.
Fallon, who was also the Press officer of the Linnets, says he will not attend any games at Prescot's Valerie Park.
He told the Weekly News on Tuesday: 'Basically, I said to them (Runcorn FC Halton) at the end of last season, it is all right playing three games at Prescot but they need to be starting to put plans into place to move back to Runcorn.
'If they start the season playing there with no prospect of coming back, they are just Prescott II now. Nothing has happened at all. They had that meeting with Pavilions but that was three months ago. It's just gone too far.'
It is understood there will be no objection from Runcorn FC Halton as Mond look to become Runcorn Town, although the Linnets had opposed the AFC Runcorn move due to a potential clash with their company name, Runcorn AFC.