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Bootle 1-2 St Helens Town
11:51pm Sunday 29th September 2013 in Sport
Town recorded their first-ever win at New Bucks Park, Bootle. They were on top throughout in an entertaining game and the three points gained in the 2-1 victory lifted them up to fifteenth place in the NW Counties Premier Division.
Goalkeeper Ciaran Gibson impressed once again, with a couple of outstanding saves, including one early in the game when it was 0-0. Town had several early chances of their own, notably from Ste Milne and Shaun Judge, before Milne burst through into the box on the half-hour, only to be upended by a clumsy challenge and Judge put St. Helens ahead from the spot.
The second half saw Milne continue to terrorise the home defence and, on 57 minutes, only a splendid last-gasp tackle saved a certain goal. However, it was not long before Town stretched their lead as substitute Adam Storey rounded a Bootle defender and calmly placed his shot past keeper Porter to make it 2-0 to the visitors..
Bootle grabbed a consolation goal as injury time approached, Corlett’s shot creeping into the net through a sea of legs.
St Helens Town 1-1 Bacup & Rossendale Borough Town extended their unbeaten run to three games against Bacup & Rossendale Borough on Saturday, but squandered the opportunity to record a valuable victory when they missed a late penalty.
Both goals in the 1-1 draw came in the opening three minutes, Bacup going ahead when a defensive error found Thompson unmarked and he had plenty of time to slot into an empty net after 2 minutes. Town equalised almost immediately, Daniel Owens scoring following a corner which the Bacup defence failed to clear.
The move of the match came after 15 minutes when Shaun Judge broke down the wing. He passed to Harrison, who executed a quick one-two with Milne but the full-back’s shot was blocked by Ogden in the Bacup goal. Ogden was Bacup’s best player throughout as he kept them in the hunt with a series of saves. Another sweeping move saw the ball pushed out to Nathan Parish, but his effort could only find the side netting.
With half-time approaching two goal-line clearances in quick succession kept Bacup at bay, then Town had a great chance to go ahead when the ball was crossed to Ashton, but Owens arrived at the same time and shot wide, with Ashton the better-placed to score.
Ogden produced another good save from Judge in the opening exchanges of the second half and, with 20 minutes left, Judge again, this time with a header, found Ogden perfectly placed to produce a save The decisive moment of the game arrived on 85 minutes, when centre-back Laquan Esdaille was adjudged to have fouled substitute Adam Storey in the box, but Judge’s spot kick could only find Ogden’s hands.
Town travel to Surrey Street to take on Glossop North End on Saturday 5th October, 3pm and they are at home against Squires Gate on Tuesday (8th October, 7.45pm)
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