St Helens 1 Stockport 1

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

St Helens Town broke their five match losing streak with a hard fought score draw at Stockport Sports Village.

The visitors dominated the opening half and were unlucky to only be one goal to the good at the interval.

The deadlock was finally broken on 23 minutes when Lightbody linked with Parish who outmuscled his defender Jamie Street and directed the ball home into the top corner on the stretch.

Moments later Gillespie could have doubled the visitors’ advantage when a blocked effort broke to him but his well

executed volley was well blocked by a defender and from the resultant corner Dan Wright headed over the bar.

Just prior to the interval Halfacre thundered an effort off the bar from 30 yards and the loose ball was cleared away from danger.

Less than a minute after the restart Halfacre had an effort from the edge of the box tipped over

by Gibson and on the hour mark a swift counter attack saw Lightbody, Sanderson and Kenny link up on the right with the latter playing in Gillespie whose shot across the face of goal went just wide of the left hand post.

Sports levelled on 67 minutes when a free-kick from the right wing inside their own half was well delivered by Tom Bane and a free header centrally which found the bottom right hand corner of the net.

The final 10 minutes of the contest saw Town come back into the game with Gillespie being released by Naughton and his effort was parried by the home stopper. Gillespie was having a mini battle with the home goalkeeper as he was beaten to a through ball by the keeper who cleared the danger.

With time running out Parish advanced centrally and played the ball out to Ed Richardson on the left and his cross was diverted over the bar by a defender on the front post and the spoils were shared.

Town visit Bacup and& Rossendale Borough this Saturday (, February 22), with a 3pm kick off.