Town and Pilks aim to bounce back in festive derby battle

St Helens will stage the local version of El Clasico - the fierce battle between Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona - next Monday, kick-off 3pm.

Monday, 21st December 2020, 4:47 pm
Updated Monday, 21st December 2020, 4:48 pm
St Helens Town entertain Pilkington FC at the Arcoframe Stadium, Ruskin Drive next Monday

Town entertain Pilkington FC at the Arcoframe Stadium, Ruskin Drive - a ground shared by both NWCL first division clubs - and it will be played as passionately as any RL showdown between Saints and Wigan Warriors .

Both will want to claim local bragging rights until they meet next time but will need to perform much better than last weekend - Town crushed 5-2 at AFC Liverpool and Pilks going down 3-0 at home to West Yorkshire outfit Steeton.

A quick-fire hat-trick from Anthony Lyons either side of half-time was key to AFC Liverpool's comprehensive victory over Town at Rossett Park.

St Helens had started like a house on fire and snatched the opening goal through James Apperley after only two minutes but six minutes later Jonathan Croasdale levelled matters and then Lyons's 20th minute goal put the hosts ahead.

Lyons then struck twice after the break before John Connelly completed the nap hand three minutes from the end.

Town, however, had the final say when Yaroslav Maksymyk slotted home in injury time.

It was a similar story at the Acroframe Stadium where the Tykes - boosted by an early goal from Luke Baldwin - held a slender interval lead.

But despite coming under some second-half pressure ,they struck twice through Benjamin Wignall (53 mins) and James Wolfrenden (84 mins).

Disappointed Pilks' boss Dave Tickle said: ''Our play and the chances we created in the first half was good, but we needed to take one.

"It wasn’t to be and we got punished badly in the end. We didn’t deserve to win the game. We now move onto St Helens Town. - and we will be ready”