ST Helens Town travelled to Keighley Cougars stadium on Saturday to take on league newcomers Steeton who are in their first season as tenants at the venue.

They lost by the odd goal in seven another goal feast after the previous encounter at Ruskin Drive where the Yorkshire side triumphed 6-4 in September.

On that occasion Town made a dreadful start but on Saturday they began well and were ahead on 8 mins when Weaver opened things up down the centre for Andy Presho to go clear and drill home.

On thirteen minutes they were pulled back by a controversial off side flag when Weaver was racing clear and to make matters worse, Steeton pulled level from the penalty spot when Town defender Dom Whelan had the ball poked off his toe resulting in the follow through tripping Hollindrake who fired home the award.

By the 16th minute Town were in front again as Whelan blasted home from twenty yards after the keeper’s punch out.

Not surprisingly after such a high octane opening, things settled down and Town were pushed back and debutant keeper Bowyer did well when called upon but there was evidence that Steeton were on the rise as frontmen Maney and Hollindrake were amply supplied from the left. From such a move, a corner was won and resulting in Briggs levelling with a free header from close range.

The second half saw the hosts make the early pace with Town’s Whelan and Webster making timely header to clear their lines but it came as no surprise when Steeton went ahead when from another flag kick, Brigs headed his second goal of the match.

Now behind for the first time, Town sowed spirit and Duke hit the bar from close range before the equaliser came on 66 minutes when Weaver saw his effort tipped against the post by Marsh, with Robinson forcing the ball home. Captain Matty Smith saw his effort well turned around the post by

the keeper but with Duke hobbling off injured, Steeton struck late on as Town’s re-organisation left them vulnerable and a loose header lead to Maney going clear to fire home the winner.

On Saturday Town are at home to title chasing Carlisle City kick off 3pm at the Arcoframe Stadium, Ruskin Drive.