AFTER an impressive win against Wigan, Runcorn entertained Northop Hall in what is traditionally a close game.
Runcorn started badly - confusion over the start time leaving Runcorn with only 10 men initially as Owen and Yates were late.
The one-man advantage was seized upon as Northop soon went 1-0 up from a well-taken short corner.
Runcorn regrouped and once at full strength, equalised with move of the match.
Pretorius found Skelland on the right with a wonderful crossfield pass.
And a neat interchange with Shallcross and Drake set up Skelland for a good close-range finish.
Runcorn were now in control, Drake and Yates dominating and then the unlikely figure of Robbie Owen set up the next goal.
A mazy run and fine pass produced a sublime finish, again from Skelland who cleverly lifted the ball over the advancing keeper.
At 2-1, Runcorn looked to press home their advantage but Shallcross missed two open goals after fine work from Jones.
The culprit made amends at close range from a penalty corner.
But after the restart, poor finishing from Shallcross, Jones and Pretorius could have cost Runcorn.
The slick passing which had served them so well disappeared as Northop found their feet.
They struck back with 10 minutes left and it needed two fine saves from Hampson to preserve all three points. n RUNCORN Ladies saw a 3-0 interval lead go to waste as arch rivals Neston hit back for a 4-4 draw.