It was a mixed week for St Helens Town as they turned in their best performance of the season to beat title-chasing Barnoldswick before slumping to defeat against Alsager at Brocstedes Park.
The midweek trip saw the visitors get out of the blocks early and pin their hosts back with some fine attacking play - the only surprise was that it took as long as it did for St Helens to score.
When it did come it was a well worked goal as the returning Phil Williams beat the full back before playing in Shaun Judge who beat a defender before firing a powerful drive in at the near post.
The hosts came back into the game shortly after the restart when they converted a soft penalty but St Helens bounced back quickly and a fine flowing move down the right which saw man of the match Neil Weaver linkup with Karl Bergqvist - who fired a low cross into the six yard box which Paul Cook-Hannah turned home.
Barnoldswick came back at the visitors but resolute defending and slick counter attacking saw the visitors survive the pressure and secure the victory.
On Saturday, with the wind at their backs, St Helens dominated the first half but failed to make it pay and were caught with a sucker punch as a quick counter attack saw Nathan McDonald beat a defender before firing diagonally into the bottom right hand corner of the net.
After the break, a penalty was converted by Leigh Skellern and salt was rubbed in the wounds when Cameron Mitchell added a third late on.
Town visit Pontefract Collieries in the FA Vase this Saturday (September 7) with a 3pm kick off, before visiting AFC Liverpool on Wednesday, September 11, with a 7.45pm kick off.