Town’s promotion bid hit by defeats

Andy Gillespie.
Andy Gillespie.

St Helens Town 0

Runcorn Linnets 1

Winsford United 3

St Helens Town 0

St Helens Town fell to two defeats this week but the performances were vastly different.

Tuesday saw Town off the back of a heavy defeat the previous Saturday welcome table toppers and top scorers Runcorn Linnets to Brocstedes Park.

It was a daunting task for the hosts but they set out their stall to be solid and frustrate the free scoring Linnets and they stick to their task well dropping deep and allowing the visitors to have possession in the less dangerous areas of the field.

The teams were level at the interval but parity was short lived after the restart with Mark Houghton lofting a effort over Rory Crowther in the 50th minute and rather than fold this actually brought Town out of themselves as they went looking for an equaliser efforts from Andy Gillespie and Chad Whyte had Linnets hearts in mouths but failed to find the net and despite an excellent performance Town were denied a worthy share of the spoils.

On Saturday Town to fell to a third consecutive defeat at Winsford United but the game could have been very different had the referee applied the laws correctly.

Town had an early chance when Andy Gillespie broke the defensive line only to be hauled back by Walker when through on goal a free kick was awarded but the centre half who was the last man wasn’t even cautioned when he really should have been talking an early bath and the set piece came to nothing.

Winsford again rode their luck as Nathan Egan was allowed to get away with two blatant infringements which were both cautionable offences first kicking the ball away and then delay the taking of a free kick but the referee again deemed that having a chat was enough when the hosts could and should have been down to nine men. Town’s next game is home to West Didsbury.