St Helens Town moved into seventh position in the table on the cusp of the play-off positions with a record breaking victory over basement outfit Whitchurch Alport at Brocstedes Park on Saturday.
The hosts were looking to bounce back from a disappointing midweek home defeat against Ashton Town and started off quickly opening the scoring after eight minutes when skipper Andy Gillespie threaded a pinpoint through ball to Sam Sheen who made no mistake slotting home from just inside the box.
A fine move saw the lead doubled on 11 minutes when Ste Rigby took a short corner to Andy Presho and e fed Danny Greene on the edge of the box he shaped to shoot but instead played a pass to Eddie Pegler who curled an excellent effort into the top right hand corner of the net from the edge of the box giving Grant Hartley in the Alport goal no chance.
A minute later it was three when an Andy Gillespie cross from the byline broke to Sheen who added his second and Town’s third.
Less than 60 seconds later Andy Gillespie got in on the act when he collected a through ball after leaving a defender in his wake and confidently slotted home past the advancing keeper.
Gillespie added his second and Town’s fifth showing his strikers instinct to latch onto a loose ball and poke the ball home.
The game was effectively over as a contest with just 16 minutes on the clock with Town five goals to the good and it was now a matter of how many goals the hosts would score in recording victory.
There was a slight lull as Town didn’t score again until the 30th minute when Ant Whelan was first to react to a shot from the edge of the box which was deflected and he crossed from the right of the box towards Sheen who headed home to complete his hat-trick.
A couple of minutes later it was 7-0 when Sheen showed a fine touch to deftly take the a through ball down before crossing from the right of the penalty box towards Gillespie who flicked the ball on and Ste Rigby headed home at the far post and at the far post and this rounded off the first half scoring with Town going into the break seven goals to the good.
The second half started in a similar vein for the hosts with them dominating possession and looking to net more goals to improve their goal difference in their play-off push.
It only took until the 52nd minute for Town to add an eighth with Aaron Morris getting in on the act firing home from inside the box with the aid of a deflection, his second Town goal of the season with his first being in the reverse fixture at Whitchurch.
Ten minutes then passed before Danny Greene added the ninth latching onto a through ball and powering away from the Whitchurch backline before firing home and after an agonising wait to see if Town could net a tenth and record their biggest ever winning margin skipper Andy Gillespie popped up in the 90th minute to thunder a shot inside the left hand post from the right of the box to finish the contest and send him to 32 goals for the season putting him in pole position to win the First Division Golden Boot Award.
Town round the regular season off by first visiting third placed Barnton on Saturday, April 30 with a 3pm kick-off before welcoming leaders Hanley Town to Brocstedes Park on Bank Holiday (May 2) also with a 3pm kick-off.