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St Helens Town 1 Bootle 2
Updated 12:36pm Monday 17th March 2014 in Sport
Last Saturday saw Bootle earn the bragging rights when they made the short trip to Brocstedes Park to take on Town.
In doing so the visitors avenged Town’s 1-2 victory at the Delta Taxis stadium back in September.
Both teams failed to cope with the strong wind in a largely disappointing first half which saw few chances at either end of the pitch.
The game’s opening chance came on the hour mark of a better second period when Town’s Andy Olsen saw the Bootle custodian Moran off his line and his looping shot forced a scrambling save from the visiting ‘keeper.
Bootle made an immediate response and took the lead with an overhead kick from an unmarked Peterson gave Gibson in the Town goal no chance.
Just twelve minutes later Bootle doubled their lead when McDowell danced through some hapless Town challenges before unleashing a thunderous shot which found the right hand corner of the net.
A triple substitution saw the injection of some pace up front for Town as they battled hard to gain a foothold in the game but their only chink of light came late on as Shaun Judge slotted home from the penalty spot following a foul on Adam Storey with just two minutes of normal time remaining.
Town did have one last opportunity to salvage a point when Andy Gillespie forced a fine save from Moran but the visitors held on to take the spoils.
Next up Town welcome AFC Blackpool to Brocstedes Park next Tuesday, 25th March with a 7.45pm kick off.
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