Congletown Town 2
St Helens Town 0
St Helens Town went down at Conlegton this afternoon but will be rueing missed first half chances as they could have been out of sight by half time.
Jamil Saleh had an early chance but shot over the bar from the edge of the box. Chad Whyte was next to have a chance but his effort was held by the keeper. Next up was skipper Andy Gillespie who was found by Jack McKay and had a cross come shot held by the home stopper. St Helens should have opened the scoring after a fine move involving McKay and Gillespie which culminated with Whyte’s low powerful effort which was kept out by Craig Ellison.
Congleton came into the game more as the half wore on Ryan Allcock had an effort cleared off the line by Aaron Morris on the half hour and on 40 minutes the visitors switched off at a corner allowing Paul-John Hudson a free run and header which took a deflection on its path goalwards which beat Rory Crowther in the St Helens goal.
The visitors were denied a stonewall penalty in added on time at the end of the half when Whyte was scythed down by the home stopper after he spilled an initial effort and was slow getting to the rebound, the striker beat him to it and the keeper clipping his ankles but the poorly placed referee somehow awarded a throw in to the hosts.
The second half display from St Helens was not as good as their first half performance and this allowed the hosts to control the game for large periods. Congleton add a second through Nathan Haynes midway through the half, a long free kick was pumped into the box and Haynes was given too much space to finish.
Next up for Town is the short trip to Widnes in Men United Cup action on Saturday (25th October) with a 3pm kick off before welcoming Runcorn Town to Brocstedes Park the following Tuesday (28th October) with a 7.45pm kick off.