HOCKEY: Travelling to Blackpool with a scratch team, and three players making their senior debuts, Runcorn made their point in a 1-1 draw.
But it needed a late save by Hampson from a penalty flick - after the keeper had illegally used a glove - to prevent a half-saved shot from rolling in.
Looker, Jones and Lindon were the new introductions to the squad.
The Seasiders gifted Runcorn the initiative by heavily disputing an obvious short corner and losing a player to the bin for dissent.
Runcorn were able to build some pressure but when Drake's shot from a series of short corners was well saved, the game turned stale again.
Hampson brought Lindon on for Looker and swapped Shallcross and Pete Jones around.
This led to a break when Jones was sent through one on one with the keeper.
However, the keeper advanced to save well and Blackpool responded with attacks of their own.
Eventually, Blackpool came up with something different to take a half-time lead from another short corner.
The second half saw Matt Cooper, who had been very quiet, came to life with some mazy runs which led to Runcorn laying siege.
Pressure told when a well-switched short corner involving Owen and Yates found manof-the-match Townley
In acres of space, he rocketed a shot into the bottom-left corner.
Runcorn 3rd won 4-1 but the 2nds had a miserable afternoon, losing 11-0.