Bootle 4 St Helens Town 1
ST Helens Town exited the League Cup at the hands of title challengers Bootle.
On a heavy pitch, the opening stages saw both teams struggle to come to terms with the surface.
It was Bootle who broke the deadlock on 30 minutes when Robinson advanced down the left unopposed and his cross was headed home by Essery on the far post.
The lead was to be shortlived as Town were to level seven minutes later from the penalty spot.
Clarke had sent a ball towards Baker in the box, and the attempted challenge took the strikers legs away and the referee pointed to the spot.
Dyson stepped up and fired the penalty high into the net to send the teams in level at the break.
The second half started badly for Town, as Baker had to be replaced sustaining an injury, which was later to be diagnosed as a fractured kneecap.
Matters took a turn for the worse when a triple salvo from the hosts put the game beyond Town.
First, Bootle were awarded a penalty after a challenge on Foley, and Prince made no mistake from the spot.
Next a period of pressure saw them add a third, when Thompson collected a loose ball in the area and fired home, before a left-wing cross from Essery was headed home by Foley.
In the closing stages, Town had a couple of chances to net a consolation, but Gillespie’s effort was tipped over, and Luby’s goalbound effort was diverted away from danger by Kilroy.
Town host Alsager Town at Edge Green Street next Tuesday, February 28 (kick-off 3pm).