St Helens Town got back to winning ways with a come from behind victory at Brocstedes Park to record a league double over Chadderton with an identical scoreline to the victory on the opening day of the season in August.
The opening exchanges saw the hosts on top and chances fell to Declan Gregson who fired just wide of the left hand post from the edge of the box before skipper Andy Gillespie beat a defender in a foot race and attempted a lob over the visiting stopper but he was able to claim the effort high above his head.
Town fell behind much against the run of play on 35 minutes when the visitors worked the ball down the right flank before Dillan O’Connor centred and his cross was met by a deftly flicked header from Niall Sultan which found the top left hand corner of the Town net and this was how the teams went into the half time interval.
A much improved second half performance saw the hosts bounce back, Johan Du Toit almost levelled when a quick free kick found him in space but his effort was deflected over the bar but a couple of minutes later Gillespie who had received the September NWCFL Division One Player of the Month award before kick off levelled matters. A quick throw on the left caught Chadderton half asleep and substitute Marcus Perry collected the throw in and squared from the right wing towards Gillespie who was unable to connect with the cross but it reached Jack Golding on the left of the area and he returned the ball into the six-yard box where Gillespie made amends side footing the ball home from close range.
The hosts almost took the lead when Perry and Gregson linked on the right with Gregson finding Du Toit centrally but his header landed on the roof of the net with the keeper beaten before Perry did put the hosts into the lead on 74 minutes. A swift counter attack saw Perry released by a long clearance and he sprinted away from the static Chadderton backline before drawing the keeper and firing goalwards his well struck effort finding the bottom left hand corner of the net despite the effort of Matt Green in the visitors goal.
The victory was secured less than 10 minutes later when a flowing move culminated in Gillespie finding Gregson with a searching ball which found him one on one with Green in the Chadderton goal and the Town man showed great composure to round the stopper and slot into the empty net ensuring Town would taste their first league victory since August 22.
This weekend sees St Helens Town visit Stockport Town in NWCFL, Division One action on Saturday (October 17) with a 3pm kick off.