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Barnoldswick Town 1-2 St Helens Town, St Helens Town 0-3 Alsager Town
10:27am Monday 2nd September 2013 in Sport
It was another frustrating week for Town who filed to build upon an excellent midweek victory at Barnoldswick Town before slipping to defeat at home to Alsager Town.
Town’s trip to Barnoldswick saw Ian Granite’s side play their best football of the campaign and from the off they dominated their hosts.
Shaun Judge had Town’s opening chance as he broke clear down the left and as he entered the penalty box his angled drive was well stopped by ‘keeper Carrington in the home goal.
Town’s opening goal saw the returning Phil Williams play a key role as he beat his marker before sending Judge in on goal and this time the Town man beat the ‘keeper at the near post with a rasping effort.
Barnoldswick started the second half brightly and were quickly level when Boyle converted from the penalty spot. Town were not to be outdone and with two minutes they retook the lead. The move of the game saw the man of the match Neil Weaver glide past the home defence before linking with Karl Bergqvist and his driven cross was turned in by Paul Cook-Hannah from inside the six yard box.
Town should have extended their lead with Cook-Hannah hitting the post and Weaver firing narrowly over when well placed. A late surge from the home side was well marshalled by the defence and Town recorded their first victory on away soil.
Town dominated the opening exchanges in their home game with Alsager Town but failed to hit the target with numerous chances before being hit on the counter attack moments before the half time whistle. Alsager broke down the left flank and McDonald broke the Town defence before firing past Taylor in the Town goal.
The second half saw Town pile on the pressure and Williams, Weaver and Cook-Hannah all had efforts on goal before a defensive error gifted another penalty which was converted by Skellern via both posts. Misery was added to Town’s afternoon as Mitchell added a third for the visitors a minute before the end.
Town visit Pontefract Collieries in FA Vase action on Saturday (7th September) with a 3pm kick off, before visiting AFC Liverpool the following Wednesday (11th September) with a 7.45pm kick off. Coach travel is available for the FA Vase trip (£5 return) for details contact Darryl Picton on 07908833554
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