Slow start from St Helens leads hosts to take advantage

Tom Lightbody in action for St Helens Town
Tom Lightbody in action for St Helens Town

Colne 7

St Helens Town 0

St Helens Town’s up and down season got back in action in disappointing fashion as they sank to a 7-0 reserve at the hands of Colne at Holt House on Saturday afternoon.

A slow start by the visitors saw them two goals behind with less than a quarter of an hour on the clock. Some poor defending allowed the hosts to break down the left flank and the centre was turned home by Berwick. Berwick was again on hand to finish off a move on 12 minutes to double the hosts advantage.

Town had a couple of good chances to reduce arrears with Lightbody hitting the bar and Crompton having an effort cleared off the line but for their domination of the majority of the remainder of the half they could not reduce the arrears and were made to pay for as Colne netted a third through Hart just before the break.

The visitors dominated the first quarter of an hour of the second half as Ryan and Lightbody had chances to reduce the deficit but Town fell further behind when Colne scored twice in six minutes as first Coyne netted before Berwick completed his treble. Coyne also completed his hat-trick as Colne rubbed further salt into the Town wounds and made it an afternoon to forget for the visitors.

Next up Town welcome Abbey Hey to Brocstedes Park this Saturday, March 8 with a 3pm kick off, before “visiting” landlords Ashton Athletic the following Tuesday evening, March 11, kick-off 7.45pm.