St Helens Town 4 Barnoldswick 2

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ST Helens Town threw themselves a relegation lifeline with a fantastic performance that tore up the form book as they defeated Championship hopefuls Barnoldswick at Edge Green Street.

The hosts took an early lead when a mix up allowed Olsen to collect a loose ball in the box and guide it home into the unguarded net.

The lead was to be short lived as Ridehalgh collected the ball in the middle of the park and advanced before firing home from 25 yards out.

Clarke fired a central free kick hard and low but Woodcock claimed the effort in the visitors goal before Barnoldswick were awarded a spot kick just before the interval, Alderson was challenged by home skipper Burns, and the referee pointed to the spot but Brinksman saved Fildes’ effort

St Helens started the second period brightly and eleven minutes after the restart the hosts regained the lead, Frazer delivered a free kick from the left and Gardner on the far post was able to fire the ball into the roof of the net from 12 yards out.

The visitors again drew level when the home team failed to sufficiently deal with a ball into the box from the right wing which Alderson steered home on the far post.

It was to be St Helens Town’s contest and a ball into the box from the right wing was challenged for by Burns before being collected by Clarke who powered the ball home.

Deep in stoppage time when Luby was felled in the area and Colin Quirk converted the spot kick home to secure the spoils for St Helens against all the odds.

Town welcome Colne to Edge Green Street on Tuesday, April 3, kick off 7.45pm.