St Helens Town 1 AFC Liverpool 1

Tom Lightbody of St Helens Town on the attack
Tom Lightbody of St Helens Town on the attack

Town left Brocstedes Park with a hard-earned point but it could have been the maximum return.

The home side were quickly out of the blocks and felt aggrieved to be denied a penalty in an incident which could have seen the visitors reduced to 10 men with less than 60 seconds on the clock.

Tom Lightbody appeared to be hauled back by a defender but there was no flag and the visitors survived.

Town then broke the deadlock just before the half-hour mark when a cross from Danny Owens broke to Lightbody whose effort struck the upright but was turned home by Nathan Parish for his fifth goal of the season.

The lead was short-lived though, as one of AFC’s first forays forward resulted in an equaliser.

A misplaced pass in midfield saw the ball gifted to the visitors in a dangerous area and Steven Jones linked neatly with Ryan Cox whose shot found the back of the net despite a miss-hit.

Andy Olsen then fired an effort from 25 yards which rebounded back off the crossbar but, in the second half, gilt-edged chances were few and far between.

Town host Runcorn Town at tomorrow evening before visiting Alsager Town.