St Helens Town 6 v 2 Hallam AFTER recently finding goals hard to come by, Town hit a rich seam at Knowsley Road on Saturday when they progressed into the second round proper of the Carlsberg FA Vase at the expense of Sheffield based Hallam.
The game was only three minutes old when no one anticipated Milson's back heel on the halfway line and Hallam's Askey and Arteche galloping up the right before crossing into the path of Peter Smith who slid in to beat Dahl as he came out.
The Yorkshiremen were buoyed up by this and interpassed crisply with Town slow to get going but eventually they did when on 18 minutes they equalised as a slide rule pass from Hilton got Gary Jenson down the inside right channel and a crisp finish found the bottom corner as keeper Spooner advanced.
Four minutes later Town went ahead when a fire cross from the left by Pomford was met by Jenson's power header and although Spooner did well to make a reflex save, Brian Fairbrother was on hand to convert the simplest of chances.
McMullin threaded a pass for Joe Gibiliru to go clear and put St Helens well in command at 3-1.
More shots rained in from Gibiliru and Milson which cleared the bar before Brian Fairbrother bagged his second goal of the game on 41 minutes when a cut in on a fine crossfield pass from Barnes to place an accurate low shot into the far corner.
The half closed with Gibiliru almost clipping keeper Spooner, who stretched well to hold the effort but in doing so, pulled a muscle which meant the end of the game for him with skipper David Hawke donning the jersey for the second half. Half-time: 4-1.
Damage limitation seemed Hallam's only strategy as the game resumed with Town attacking the 'Edington End' with a three goal cushion which led to a degree of lethargy, so much so that Hallam took the initiative and pulled one back on 52 minutes when Peter Smith bundled the ball home after Colley's hoisted cross caused a scramble.
This heralded a purple patch for the Sheffield side with Smith and Askey getting in off target shots which was the 'wake up' call Town needed and they pressed the pedal once again forcing some stout defending from Hallam's Atkinson.
The 77th minute produced the last piece of work before being substituted by Town's Brian Fairbrother and it was a telling one as his accurate pass got Gary Jensen down the inside left channel and a low cross shot gave stand in keeper Hawke no chance.
By now Karl Robinson had come off the St Helens bench as he returns from injury and on 79 minutes he put the icing on the cake with goal number six in spectacular fashion as his 35 yard chip left the keeper stranded.
What a pity it was witnessed by such a disappointing turn out.
l On Saturday Town are back in league action at Formby (3pm) then on Tuesday, November 2 they visit Trafford (7.45pm).
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