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Runcorn Linnets 1-1 St Helens Town, Glossop North End 2-3 St Helens Town
10:05pm Sunday 6th October 2013 in Sport
It was week of late drama for St Helens Town which saw them take four points against two of the big hitters in the league but it should have been a maximum return.
Runcorn went into Tuesday’s game on the back of an excellent FA Cup Second Qualifying Round win against Cammell Laird and St. Helens would probably have settled for a draw before the NW Counties derby kicked off but, in the end, the Linnets’ fans breathed a collective sigh of relief as they levelled the game with a controversial equaliser in the final minute of added time.
Town were left to feel aggrieved, having been the better side for most of the game and deservedly led 1-0 with an Adam Storey goal, scored after 82 minutes. However, in the fourth minute of added time, Storey, who had been a thorn in Runcorn’s side throughout the game, moved in to challenge the Linnets’ goalkeeper Robertson as he gathered the ball.
Robertson then felled Storey with a blatant knee to the groin, apparently unseen by either the referee or his assistant who was level with play. He then cleared the ball upfield for substitute Thompson to poke home the equalising goal.
As the crowd celebrated, Storey had to be helped off, clearly in agony, whilst Robertson protested his innocence to the travelling fans. The game, which should have finished in a St. Helens win, came to an end within seconds in a 1-1 draw.
Runcorn Linnets began the game in confident mood, former Town favourite Chris Lomax prominent in the early stages. Ciaran Gibson in the St. Helens goal saved from Hickey after 12 minutes and there were close calls in the 16th minute when Burke slipped as he made to shoot at goal and two minutes later, when Shaun Judge cleared off his own goal-line, but as the first half progressed, Town began to stifle the Linnets’ attacks and, moving forward, started to create chances of their own, Owens and Storey producing shots which Robertson had to turn round his posts for corners.
After a scoreless first half, Storey had two early chances in the second period which Robertson did well to keep out and Andy Gillespie, promoted from the Reserves, was narrowly wide with a shot which went across the face of the home goal after 70 minutes.
The same player had the best chance of the game so far when, after 75 minutes, he broke from 30 yards and, rather than shoot at goal, elected to round the keeper, but his touch was just too strong and the ball went out of play with the goal gaping wide.
Connor Sanderson was replaced by Neil Weaver and his injection of pace was decisive on 82 minutes as he tore down the touchline, dispossessed then rounded the Runcorn full-back and passed to Michael Sykes-Wright who laid on an inch-perfect pass across goal to Adam Storey who fired in off his near post for what should have been the winning goal.
Town continued in the ascendency for the remaining minutes but the game turned following Robertson’s outrageous foul on Storey and, from the resultant clearance, Thompson levelled the scores with a scrappy goal at the other end. Nevertheless, this was a tremendous performance from a spirited Town side.
Saturday saw Town extended their unbeaten record to five games with an impressive 3-2 win at Surrey Street, Glossop, on Saturday. As a result, they climbed to twelfth place in the NW Counties Premier Division table, ahead of a run of home games.
The game was an end-to-end affair throughout, keeping the 190 crowd on their toes. The home side took the lead on 15 minutes through leading scorer Tom Bailey, who turned a Town defender on the left hand side and hit an impressive shot past Ciaran Gibson in the St. Helens goal.
Town themselves were soon hunting the equaliser and Adam Storey, who had another fine game, almost scored three minutes later, his shot going the wrong side of the upright.
Just about half an hour had gone when Town were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, after Andy Gillespie took an elbow to the head. Shaun Judge’s shot was deflected by centre back Lincoln Adams and Gillespie himself was on hand to net the stray ball.
Hardly had the game re-started, Town were on the attack again. This time Storey was through on keeper Ben Proctor. He took the ball round the custodian and as he followed up to net the ball, Proctor brought him down and, to the home side’s relief, collected only a yellow card. Shaun Judge made no mistake from the penalty spot and St. Helens were 2-1 up.
Glossop levelled on 37 minutes when, following another break down the left, Alex Byrne turned Michael Sykes-Wright inside out before scoring from the same position as his side’s opening goal.
Town enjoyed their best spell in the opening stages of the second half. Gillespie had a great chance to restore his team’s lead on 52 minutes, but fired over the bar with the goal at his mercy.
However, it hardly mattered as, within a minute, Sykes-Wright atoned for his earlier error by hitting a fierce shot from 25 yards which nicked a defender on its way in past Proctor to put Town 3-2 up. The only surprise was that that was the way the scoreline stood to the end. Both sides had a host of chances to score further goals.
For Town, Connor Sanderson had a great chance on 75 minutes when he broke from half-way but just could not get sufficient power in his final shot, then Gillespie made a similar break in the 88th minute, but just missed the target.
As the game entered its closing stages, Glossop had the better chances and, with Gibson once again in outstanding form, producing two saves from last-gasp efforts on his own line, combined with some desperate poor finishing from the home side, Town survived the onslaught and even had enough time to go close at the other end, Gillespie again going just wide with another shot.
Next up for Town they welcome West Didsbury & Chorlton to Brocstedes Park on Saturday (12th October) with a 3pm kick off.
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