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Seventh hell for St Helens Town
9:45am Friday 12th October 2012 in Sport
Silsden 7 St Helens Town 1.
NOT for the first time this season, a goal was conceded inside three minutes of the kick-off and, despite playing attractive, attacking football, a further three goals against the run of play left Town trailing 4-0 with little more than a quarter of the match gone.
A cross from Gary Pye after two minutes was met with a good header from Carl Osman, which just cleared the home crossbar but the early initiative was lost when Silsden took play to the opposite end, where Lee’s pass found Gaughan who angled a tight shot over keeper Lee Novak’s head from 20 yards to put the Yorkshire out 1-0 up.
Town then exerted their own pressure and first Adam Howard then Ste Edwards had chances before Shaun Judge’s header from a free kick was tipped over by home keeper Hall.
Silsden again broke clear and a towering header from Husband was saved at full stretch by Novak, only for Garrod to bury the rebound after 14 minutes. Almost immediately, Silsden launched another attack and sloppy defence gifted Lee a crossing chance, which was once again rammed home by Garrod.
Town tried to hit back and Judge hit a pile-driver from 25 yards from Carl Osman’s pass on 24 minutes, but Silsden broke and despite several attempts by Town defenders to clear the ball, Holmes found Gaughan for his second goal after 25 minutes.
Lee broke clear made no mistake to fire Silsden 5-0 ahead with six minutes to go to the break. Town opened the second half scoring after 58 minutes when Shaun Judge headed home following a pin-point corner from Adam Howard.
Town pushed for more and Edwards went close twice, his second effort saved well by Hall before Phil Williams’ fierce shot went narrowly wide.
However, once again, a break from their own half saw Garrod hit his third goal after 66 minutes and, in much the same fashion, eight minutes later, Gaughan secured his own hat-trick with a well disptached lobbed effort from around 30 yards which gave Novak no chance.
Ian Granite and his team have much to work on ahead of this Saturday’s important FA Vase encounter with Parkgate FC at Edge Green Street, kick off 3pm