St Helens Town made it back to back wins with in an end to end contest at Brocstedes Park on Tuesday evening.
The game got off to a quick start with Widnes creating the first chance when Alex Davies delivering from the right wing towards Luke Edwards on the far post his headed effort flashed across the face of goal and just evaded the incoming Anthony Wynne.
At the other end Johan Du Toit started off a Town move with an excellent ball out the Andy Gillespie on the left wing he linked with Declan Gregson who delivered the ball to the front post which saw Jack Golding slide in front of Ben Morrow in the visitors goal and his effort cannoned off the upright and was cleared away by Thomas Mitchell.
The hosts took the lead when Charlie Duke disposed a Widnes man in the Town half and spread the ball to Gregson on the left he advanced before playing the ball out to Gillespie on the left wing who pulled the ball back towards Gregson but a defender got to the ball first but could only fire his clearance off Gregson with the rebound falling to Golding and his effort was fumbled into the net by Morrow in the Widnes goal. The lead was short lived as Jack Marshall tried to dribble out of his own box only to be disposed by Davies and he pushed the ball out of his feet before firing and effort across goal into the bottom left hand corner of the net.
As the half wore on Duke had an effort for the hosts saved by the keeper before Edwards was similarly denied by Ellis Hawksworth in the Town goal. Widnes then had a trio of efforts with Jamil Campbell-Joseph having an effort blocked and the ball broke to Wynne who saw his shot blocked on the line and this fell to Edwards who saw his effort turned away from danger and the two sides went in level at the break.
The visitors took the lead early in the second half after a soft free kick awarded on the Widnes right wing was sent into the box by Edwards and was curled into the box and found the net without a touch from a player on either side. Town almost levelled when Luke Gibson headed just over the bar from a corner. On 75 minutes Marcus Perry won a corner which was delivered from the left by Gregson and he sent the set piece to the far post when Du Toit met it with a firm header which gave Morrow no chance.
Town were to snatch all three points late when another corner was to prove fruitful Stephen Rigby delivered from the right and found Du Toit at the left post he rose highest and headed the ball down into the six-yard box the ball was prodded goalwards by Gillespie and the ball appeared to be scooped away from goal by a Widnes defender but Gillespie didn’t wait for a decision to be made and poked the loose ball home to secure the spoils for the hosts
Stockport Town 3-0 St Helens Town
It was a disappointing visit to Stockport Sports Village on Saturday as St Helens came away empty handed after not having dealt with the artificial surface well.
The early stages were ominous as the hosts set their stall out early 90 seconds in a left wing cross found Marcus Johnson unmarked on the far post and he fired wide of the target. With 6 minutes on the clock the hosts took the lead as they worked the ball from the left into the area and Nathan Neequaye’s clever back-heel released Ben Brooks and he rounded the keeper to score.
With half an hour on the clock the visitors almost levelled when a fine move saw Jack Golding link with Johan Du Toit and he played in Andy Gillespie on the edge of the box but his effort was held by Aaron Ashley in the home goal.
Dtockport came out quickly in the second half but were wasteful in front of goal as Karl Dorney, Brooks and Dorney again were all guilty of not stretching Graham McLoughlin in the visitor’s goal too much. When the second goal came it was the hosts who scored it. A right wing corner somehow found San Scott unmarked centrally in the 6 yard box and he tapped home the scoring was rounded off late on when Sean Mills fired a right wing cross home to send the hosts into the promotion places.
St Helens Town welcome Holker Old Boys to Brocstedes Park this Saturday (24th October) in NWCFL, Division One action with a 3pm kick off.