Bootle 2 St Helens Town 2

Carl Osman in action for St Helenns Town
Carl Osman in action for St Helenns Town
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Town bounced back from two consecutive defeats to gain a point at league leaders Bootle, but it could, and probably should, have been more.

The hosts proved their league position in the opening quarter of the contest, and carved out a couple of decent openings.

But, as the half wore on, the visitors started to threaten more, and Carl Osman and Ash Rimmer were starting to cause the hosts problems.

It was Osman who won the free-kick which resuted in the game’s opener. Rimmer played in a perfect ball to Lee Crompton, and he made no mistake firing the ball home. Parity was restored on 37 minutes when poor communication saw the visitors gift the home side a corner, which Jamie Hay was on hand to head home.

The visitors started the second half quickly, and had regained their lead less than 10 minutes after the restart.

Brian Hatton saw his free-kick from the edge of the area deflected behind for a corner, and from the resultant dead ball, the centre was only cleared to Ashton on the edge of the box and he returned it with interest, beating the defender before curling a lovely effort into the top right-hand corner of the net.

Neat work by Osman created an opening for Scott McNair, but he shot flew just over the cross bar.

A swift counter-attack saw the hosts win a penalty, which was dispatched to bring the sides level.

Town have a double header of home games this week, as first Stockport Sports are the visitors on Saturday (September 1) with a 3pm kick-off, before Ashton Athletic make the short trip to Edge Green Street on Tuesday (September 4) with a 7.45pm kick-off.